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 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

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From the last place on earth comes a true story of courage and survival.


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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 »


When Guthrie is on the radio while driving to Aramoana he says David Gray is 37. Gray was 33 at the time. See more »


Garry Holden's Mother: No crime in being eccentric, or they'd lock up half the Spit.
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Well produced drama
14 October 2006 | by (Wellington) – See all my reviews

It was inevitable that - like the Stan Graham saga of 1941 made into the movie "Bad Blood" - the Aramoana massacre of 1990 would eventually be turned into a feature film. To their credit, the cast and crew of this have done a good job of it and perhaps just as importantly, the script writers have attempted to provide a little insight into why it happened, although the full background is something that people will need to read the two books that were written about it to get. The film starts in the morning of the day it started (the events lasted into the next day) and continues - with only a couple of brief flashbacks on the part of Gray - till a conclusion just after Gray is shot dead by police. It manages to keep fairly true with the actual events (as described in the two books) although there are some departures of varying importance. The film works well as a drama and unlike a Hollywood movie doesn't portray anyone as a superhero, or thickly apply sentimentality. The cinematography is also superb.

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