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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Te Wheke
... Williamson
Tim Elliott ... Col. Elliot
... Lt. Scott
Wi Kuki Kaa ... Wiremu
Tania Bristowe ... Kura
... Emily Williamson
Merata Mita ... Matu
Faenza Reuben ... Hersare
Tom Poata ... Puni
Martyn Sanderson ... Vicar
... Belcher
Dick Puanaki ... Eru
Sean Duffy ... Cpl. Jones
Ian Watkin ... Doorman
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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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27 June 1984 (France)  »

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Utu is translated (by the Maori people) not as revenge, but as balanced exchange or reciprocity. See more »

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Referenced in Undead (2003) See more »

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very impressive!
8 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Leonard Maltin gave this one a somewhat bad review, and another review book gave it its highest rating. I rank it in between and more towards the other book, with the second half redeeming it.

If you are into westerns, try this one from New Zealand. (Something different!) I am a HUGE fan of NZ actor Bruno Lawrence (Williamson in this movie), and he was good. The film might get violent, but you probably won't mind.

*** out of ****


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