A dramatic story about a cricketer and his fiancée.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nerissa Love
Bob Blair
Miranda Harcourt ...
Nerissa's Mother
Alec Love
Taungaroa Emile ...
Toki Awa
Bert Sutcliffe
Catherine Wilkin ...
Emma Blair
Peter McCauley ...
Bill Blair
Nathan Meister ...
Jim Blair
Stan Avery
Eva Peacocke
Mabelle Dennison ...
Kui Wai
Tainui Tukiwaho ...
Ahuru Awa
Frank Mooney
John Reid (as Jonathan Brugh)


A dramatic story about a cricketer and his fiancée.

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Release Date:

14 August 2011 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Tangiwai, una historia de amor  »

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NZD 3,000,000 (estimated)

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For the film, preserved locomotive KA 942 had its pre-1947 streamlining removed and was renumbered KA 949 to match the actual Tangiwai crash locomotive. See more »


During the cricket scene where the engagement is announced, the number plate visible on the black vehicle is an LLNNNN version not issued till the mid 1960s. See more »

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Unknown gem
5 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was listening to the England-New Zealand test match on the radio when the former New Zealand cricketer Jeremy Coney mentioned Bob Blair and the Tangiwai train crash. Looking it up on Wikipedia, I discovered that an NZ TV movie had been made of the story. Thanks to the internet I was able to order a copy from a New Zealand retailer. I had no great expectations of a TV movie from the land of sheep, although the efforts of Peter Jackson have obviously raised the profile of NZ film making. I was very pleasantly surprised. The movie is well made, well acted and with more than adequate special effects. Indeed it is surprising that this was not given a theatrical release, at least in it's own country. My only criticism would be the caption at the beginning, telling you what is going to happen, which is unnecessary and detracts from the dramatic impact. While it obviously takes some liberties with the facts it is nevertheless an involving and satisfying movie that deserves a wider audience.

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