Out of the Blue (I) (2006)

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Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.



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Credited cast:
Nick Harvey
David Gray
Lois Lawn ...
Helen Dickson
Simon Ferry ...
Garry Holden
Julie-Anne Bryson
Paul Glover ...
Paul Knox
Stu Guthrie
Georgia Fabish ...
Chiquita Holden
Fayth Rasmussen ...
Stacey Percy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Bartlett ...
Jimmy Dickson
Tony Bishop ...
Ross Percy
Baxter Cannell ...
Dion Percy
Murray Davidson ...
Bank Manager
Dave Dudfield ...
AOS / ATS Officer
Nick Duval-Smith ...
Brian Wilson


Ordinary people find extraordinary courage in the face of madness. On 13-14 November 1990 that madness came to Aramoana, a small New Zealand seaside village. It came in the form of a lone gunman with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle. As he stalked his victims the terrified and confused residents were trapped in the village for 24 hours while a handful of under-resourced and underarmed local policeman risked their lives trying to find him and save the survivors. By dawn 13 people lay dead. This is a true story. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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12 October 2006 (New Zealand)  »

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24 horas de furia  »

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$165,809 (New Zealand) (13 October 2006)


$728 (USA) (19 October 2007)

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When David Gray is tuning the radio, we can briefly hear: the 1984 song "Pink Frost" by Dunedin band The Chills, 4XD Gold, the former name of Radio Dunedin, and David Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand until 1989. See more »


As David Gray is seen walking through the main city centre, vehicles passing and parked on the side of the road are shown to have their rectangle shaped registration labels on the bottom left of the inside of the windscreen. This system was not implemented by Land Transport New Zealand until 1996. Before this, registration stickers were small and placed on the outside of the top middle of the windscreen. See more »


David Gray: Get out of it, you trespassing Holden!
Garry Holden: Hey don't talk to my kids like that. Calm down David.
David Gray: Don't you tell me what to do! Think you're king of Aramoana.
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Chilling and should be sought out
23 December 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

New Zealand docudrama about the massacre that occurred in Aramoana when an angry gun nut opened fire on his neighbors and severely reduced the population.

Slow to start, I thought that this was going to be a typical story of a shooting with its pleasant vistas and the get to know the participants set up scenes. However once things got going things spiral out in ways that they can only in real life. The violence, which we know is coming, is at first explosive and in its way out of left field. Then as the neighbors and soon to be targets attempt to figure out what the "fireworks" are things becoming darker as the random acts of violence begin to pick up. What do you do when a nut job begins to open fire? Here's the answer.

Though far from perfect, its a tad too clinical for my tastes, this film really packs a punch, especially in the final scenes where there are a few decidedly haunting images that not only drive home whats happened but also turns so of what we've seen on their ear (The swat team in slo mo).

I thought it was quite good. However I'm not particularly pleased with the Weinstein company who is its distributor. No ads for the film in New York. Sure you screened it for critics, but no add other than in the general ad for the IFC center where its playing. Clearly you don't want anyone to see it or know it existed.(I caught it on IFC on Demand cable service.) I only gave it a shot because I saw the title in the Time Out New York film reviews. Clearly they don't know what they are doing since here's a film they should promote but don't, yet other things like... Doogal...they promote like mad even thought it belongs in the bottom of a charnel house's fire pit.

If you get a chance to see it do so, its too good not to be seen.

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