A thriller loosely based on Ian Wishart's book The Paradise Conspiracy, about the mysterious death of a New Zealander who happened upon international banking records after purchasing a used computer.

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Mort Whitman
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Kevin Jones (as Chris Hobbs)
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Office Clearance Girl
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Dave Johnson
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Jimmy Blick
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Greg Johnson ...
Jonah Levine
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Mike Taylor
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Sheila Miller
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Bill Thorpe
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Lester Albright
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George Drake
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Merata Mita ...
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Investigative journalist Mort Whitman is onto the story of his lifetime, the most important story in the nation. It was huge involving a big pay-off from a multinational bank to a second-hand computer dealer Kevin Jones. Tracing the days leading up to Kevin's suspicious death, Mort reveals Kevin's increasing paranoia and erratic behavior through the eyes of his best mate Jimmy Blick and girlfriend Ruby Elder. What dangerous secrets had he stumbled upon? Did the forces - private security, police, SIS or CIA - that increasingly menaced his life, kill him? Or did he simply drink too much and crash his car? Mort is determined to get to the bottom of it, if it kills him. Written by NZFilm

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NZD 300,000 (estimated)
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Inspired by the death of Paul White, who purchased some old Citibank computer hardware in June 1992 and was killed in unusual circumstances in September (as related in Ian Wishart's non-fiction bestseller "The Paradise Conspiracy"). See more »

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disappointing paranoia thriller...
5 July 2006 | by (new zealand) – See all my reviews

Rather than drag himself into the 21st century, film maker Geoff Murphy seems content to remain in some no-man's land of a bygone era. 'Spooked' is reminiscent of those early years in New Zealand cinema when movies were plagued by bad writing and characters that seemed to perpetuate the perception that New Zealand is full of boring half-educated blokes raised on rugby, beer and "gidday mate". Here Murphy assembles a bunch of his pals to make a tediously out-of-touch paranoia thriller and one can hardly fathom how this film expected to find an audience. Perhaps Murphy should stick to Steven Segal sequels for Hollywood, or throw in the towel. Quite easily one of the worst New Zealand movies to see the light of day.


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