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In 1870, a Maori warrior working with the British finds his village massacred, and vows revenge.

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Geoff Murphy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anzac Wallace ... Te Wheke
Bruno Lawrence ... Williamson
Tim Elliott Tim Elliott ... Col. Elliot
Kelly Johnson ... Lt. Scott
Wi Kuki Kaa Wi Kuki Kaa ... Wiremu
Tania Bristowe Tania Bristowe ... Kura
Ilona Rodgers ... Emily Williamson
Merata Mita Merata Mita ... Matu
Faenza Reuben Faenza Reuben ... Hersare
Tom Poata Tom Poata ... Puni
Martyn Sanderson Martyn Sanderson ... Vicar
John Bach ... Belcher
Dick Puanaki Dick Puanaki ... Eru
Sean Duffy Sean Duffy ... Cpl. Jones
Ian Watkin Ian Watkin ... Doorman
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Storyline

In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal leads him to seek utu (revenge). The settler Williamson in turn seeks revenge after Te Wheke attacks his homestead. Meanwhile Wiremu, an officer for the British, seems to think that resistance is futile. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hämnden See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The gag in which the old Maori rebel sticks his face in flour and pretends to be a pakeha is very likely based on a stand up bit by Godfrey Cambridge from the 1960s in which his young son uses his mother's makeup to appear white. The punchline in both cases is almost identical. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original New Zealand version runs 118 minutes; US version was cut to 105 minutes. See more »

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Needed Ennio Morricone, and others
14 October 2012 | by mformoviesandmoreSee all my reviews

It is not too bad for an attempt at trying to make a movie that appeals to a wide audience as well as having a semblance of historical accuracy.

But it is a bad movie when it come to script and character development. In those aspects it is very like a lesser Spaghetti western. It is even more like one in some of the scenes that are created, including the small town in an open plain.

There is no decent music to carry the movie along. We also also don't get decent cinematography.

Bruno's eventual development of quadruple barrel gun provides some light relief, along with the ingenious method of loading. And then his his next role in the movie is to fall asleep! A few other stereo-types are thrown in along with subtitled maori language in place of bad dubbing of Italian.

At least they didn't make Utu 2.


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