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Out of the Blue (2006)

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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Nick Harvey
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David Gray
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Helen Dickson
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Garry Holden
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Julie-Anne Bryson
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Paul Knox
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Stu Guthrie
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Chiquita Holden
Fayth Rasmussen ...
Stacey Percy
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Jimmy Dickson
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Ross Percy
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Dion Percy
Murray Davidson ...
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Nick Duval-Smith ...
Brian Wilson
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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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$165,809 (New Zealand) (13 October 2006)

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$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 »

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The roads at Aramoana and the road to Port Chalmers were all unsealed gravel in 1990. The subsequently sealed roads are visible in the film, like when Bryson is fleeing Gray in the van, and when Guthrie and Anderson arrive in Aramoana. See more »

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Stu Guthrie: If you're approached by this person with an automatic weapon, you are to identify him. Call on him to surrender. If he doesn't, he has to be shot.
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Raising the bar in New Zealand cinema
11 October 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to attend a preview screening of Out of the Blue at the Embassy theater. As the final credits rolled and the curtains closed I realized I had finally found the meaning to the word 'masterpiece'. This is unquestionably one of the best films I have ever seen. Period.

The portrayal of David Gray is haunting in every meaning of the word. Matthew Sutherland is an expert as his craft. I despised him throughout the film but at the same time felt pity; for what he was going through mentally was almost as scary as what he was causing the town to go through.

Robert Sarkies has proved to us that he has a genuine eye for directing, and that he is loaded with talent. Although he has already worked on several other New Zealand films/series, I believe that this could be his calling card for getting into the big-budget pictures.

The acting is incredible, and I really admire Karl Urban for returning to NZ and doing this low-budget film. Every single performance in this film is nothing short of spectacular. I have never felt as though I actually knew a bunch of people in a movie until now. It was genuinely the most scary thing I have seen when the town goes to hell.

I wish that this movie could get a wide theatrical release, although I am almost certain it wont because its story wont really effect anyone outside of New Zealand. However, if you live in New Zealand you must see this film when it is locally released in cinemas. In fact no; everyone should go see this film. Everyone. Twice.

10/10 This is what happens when you get a bunch of people together who love what they do to make a movie.


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