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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

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Paula
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Andy
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A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent content, and for some language | See all certifications »

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31 March 2016 (New Zealand)  »

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A Incrível Aventura de Rick Baker  »

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$77,298 (USA) (24 June 2016)

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$5,202,582 (USA) (28 October 2016)
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Trivia

The film was the first local feature to gross more than NZ$1 million in its opening weekend at the New Zealand box office. See more »

Goofs

When Ricky sees the 2 officers in the woods, he does not have a rifle. In the next few shots, Ricky alternates between having a rifle and not having one. See more »

Quotes

Hec: Me and this fat kid / We ran we ate and read books / And it was the best.
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The credits include sections headed "Wildercrew" and "Wildercast", with the latter including the subheading "Wilderdogs". See more »

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References The Knack... and How to Get It (1965) See more »

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Song of the French Partisan
Written by Emmanuel d'Astier de la Vigerie and Anna Marly
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Administered by Universal Music Publshing Pty Ltd
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand Ltd
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It's the kind of film that you'll be talking about years from now
15 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While Taika Waititi takes over Hollywood with his next two projects: THOR 3: RAGNORAK (2017) and a sequel to his funniest film to date WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2014), hysterically entitled WE'RE WOLVES, his latest "little film that could" should put Sam Neil back on the map with a wonderfully gracious performance.

This magical realist New Zealand adventure drops an unloved, rebellious, little fat kid into the wild, wild southwest — and I'm here to say that this was the feel good film of Sundance this year. Luckily writer/director Waititi has held onto his unique dry-humor, which dates back to his debut feature EAGLE VS. SHARK (2007) as well as his underrated second film BOY (2010). But this krazy kids flick is not just satisfied with referencing all of the 1980s films its creator grew up loving: The movie itself is an actual throwback to the kind of children's fare that were laced with some very heavy adult issues like Walter Murch's RETURN TO OZ (1985) and Nicolas Roeg's THE WiTCHES (1990). Make sure to catch this truly loving film upon its initial theatrical release. It's the kind of experience that you'll be talking about years from now, perhaps even sharing with children of your own.


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