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Crooked Earth (2001)

Forces of tradition and tribal pride collide with government authority.

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Sam Pillsbury

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Karin Altmann (additional writer), Michael Brindley (additional writer) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Temuera Morrison ... Will Bastion
Jaime Passier-Armstrong Jaime Passier-Armstrong ... Ripeka Bastion
Lawrence Makoare ... Kahu Bastion
Quinton Hita ... Api
Nancy Brunning Nancy Brunning ... Marama
Sydney Jackson Sydney Jackson ... Pettigrew
George Henare ... Tipene
Calvin Tuteao ... Sergeant Ropiha
Stan Wolfgramm Stan Wolfgramm ... Timo
Sela Apera ... Huiarangi
William Davis ... Gus
Eliza Bidois Eliza Bidois ... Grace
Mabel Wharekawa Mabel Wharekawa ... Aunty Margaret (as Wharekawa-Burt)
Tairoa Morrison Tairoa Morrison ... Ariki
Mark Nua Mark Nua ... Iosefa
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Will Bastion returns home from the army after an absence of 20 years to bury his father, the former chief of thee Maori tribe, Ngati Kaipuku. The eldest son, he is reluctant to inherit his fathers role, so it is taken more willingly by his younger brother, Kahu. Kahu is the leader of a band of drug dealers and trouble-makers who ride horses through the middle of town, wrecking peoples gardens. Under the guise of refusal of a land settlement, Kahu makes a large marijuana deal with some murdering city folk. Will must choose between loyalty for his brother and his father, Maori tradition, and contemporary financial issues. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2001 (New Zealand) See more »

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New Zealand

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A Must See Movie For Fans Of Temuera Morrison
10 March 2012 | by gumby65See all my reviews

Crooked Earth has a lot of depth to it. Featuring one main storyline, but with multiple undertones. Different characters taking us to the same destination via their own personal journeys.

Temuera Morrison plays a typically strong and defined character. Showing bursts of power like only he can. Being well supported by a variety of actors, each with their own presence on screen.

Crooked Earth is another fine New Zealand movie. Beautifully filmed but still raw. The scripts sound real, giving the actors believability and edge. The story touches nerves that certainly run deep.

If you are a fan of Temuera Morrison, put Crooked Earth down at the top of your list. Up there with Once Were Warriors and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted. Three great movies featuring a powerful and proud New Zealand actor.


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