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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

Writers:

Geoff Murphy (screenplay), Keith Aberdein (screenplay)
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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 ... 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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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

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Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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'Utu Redux' is the film the Director wants you to See.
12 December 2015 | by cne-2See all my reviews

Most reviewers have referred to this as a Western, but I feel that puts a label on it that is misleading. The setting involves a colonial power and subjugated indigenous people in 1870 New Zealand, but it could have been 1870 Australia or Canada or Mexico or United States or any number of other countries. It is a fiction based upon real people and events with a late 19th century New Zealand setting. One needs to view it without the preconceived notions and if so done, you will better enjoy it.

All that said, I would highly recommend viewing the recently released 'Utu Redux' version. It is a bit shorter with a greatly improved image and sound. It has been digitized and is now available on region free DVD and Blu-ray. Since its 1983 release, it was bastardized by various distributors with length changes and quality losses. The director, editor and original cinematographer spent much time and expense to get back the film they intended. 'Utu Redux' is that film.


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