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Whale Rider ()


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A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

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Paikea
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Koro
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Nanny Flowers
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Porourangi
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Uncle Rawiri
Mana Taumaunu ...
Hemi
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Shilo
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Willie
Tammy Davis ...
Dog
Mabel Wharekawa ...
Maka (as Mabel Wharekawa-Burt)
Rawinia Clarke ...
Miro
Tahei Simpson ...
Miss Parata
Roi Taimana ...
Hemi's Dad (as Roimata Taimana)
Elizabeth Skeen ...
Rehua
Tyronne White ...
Jake (as Tyrone White)
Taupua Whakataka-Brightwell ...
Ropata
Tenia McClutchie-Mita ...
Wiremu
Peter Patuwai ...
Bubba
Rutene Spooner ...
Parekura
Riccardo Davis ...
Maui
Apiata Whangaparita-Apanui ...
Henare
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Obstetrician
Sam Woods ...
Young Rawiri
Pura Tangira ...
Ace
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Anne
Aumuri Parata-Haua ...
Baby Paikea

Directed by

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Niki Caro

Written by

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Niki Caro ... (written by)
 
Witi Ihimaera ... (book "The Whale Rider")

Produced by

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John Barnett ... producer
Reinhard Brundig ... co-producer
Bill Gavin ... executive producer
Linda Goldstein Knowlton ... executive producer
Reinhild Gräber ... supervising producer: ApolloMedia
Frank Hübner ... producer
Witi Ihimaera ... associate producer
Rudolf Kurz ... supervising producer: ApolloMedia
Tim Sanders ... producer

Music by

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Lisa Gerrard

Cinematography by

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Leon Narbey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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David Coulson

Editorial Department

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Julie Alp ... assistant editor
Hans Joachim Bruß ... color grader (as Hans-Joachim Bruß)
Renate Dahmen ... negative cutter
Guido Krajewski ... editing facility manager
Bruce McArthur ... laboratory manager: Atlas
Robert Pinnow ... post-production technical supervisor: TVT
Clare Burlinson ... video colorist (uncredited)
Charles Knight ... editorial advisor (uncredited)
Dee McClelland ... rushes colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Diana Rowan

Production Design by

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Grant Major

Art Direction by

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Grace Mok

Costume Design by

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Kirsty Cameron

Makeup Department

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Barbie Cope ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Denise Kum ... hair supervisor / makeup supervisor
Jane O'Kane ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Kenzie Sampson ... makeup trainee (as Kenzie Samson)
Orlando Bassi ... wig maker (uncredited)

Production Management

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Janet McIver ... production manager
Peter Moerenhout ... unit manager (as Pete Moerenhout)
Anne Urban ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anna Gundesen ... assistant director: second unit
Neil James ... second assistant director
Michelle Sowman ... third assistant director
Liz Tan ... first assistant director

Art Department

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John Brockie ... carpenter
Pete Burney ... carpenter
Brian Campbell ... set finisher
Graham Collins ... carpenter
Kerry Dunn ... scenic artist
Jackie Gilmore ... set dresser
Brett Graham ... sculptor: Porourangi's sculpture
Kate Highfield ... art department manager
Maka Makatoa ... storyboard artist
Bernard Makoare ... designer: Reiputa
John Miles ... construction manager
Russell Munro ... carpenter (as Russ Munro)
Lia Neilson ... art department runner
Josh Patterson ... greensman
Aaron Reedy ... property assistant
Michaela Sanders ... art department runner
Richard Sheath ... leading hand
Megan Vertelle ... set dresser/buyer
Nick Walter ... carpenter
Nick Weir ... props buyer
Neil Williamson ... carpenter
Roger Murray ... propmaker (uncredited)
Anthony Sumich ... props stand-by (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Chris Burt ... adr supervisor
Stephan Colli ... sound designer: atmos / sound supervisor
Marconi de Morais ... dubbing mixer
Corrin Ellingford ... boom operator
Hubert Henle ... sound consultant: Dolby
Stefan Korte ... re-recording mixer
David Madigan ... sound recordist
Sven Neumann ... dialogue editor
Mirko Reinhard ... special effects sound designer
Luigi Rensinghoff ... dialogue editor
Wilmont Schulze ... foley artist
Josef Steinbüchel ... special effects sound designer
Markus Wimmer ... special effects sound designer
André Zimmerman ... sound designer: atmos (as André Zimmermann)
David Madigan ... production sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Phil Addenbrook ... physical effects: Film Effects (as Phil Addenbrooke)
Dean Clarke ... physical effects: Film Effects
Oliver Gee ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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Dan Blanchard ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
Christel Brunn ... visual effects producer: TVT
Justin Buckingham ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
Manfred Büttner ... visual effects producer: TVT
Barry Down ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
Steve Dyson ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
Erich Eder ... inferno artist: TVT / technical director: TVT
Terry Green ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
Jason Johnston ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
John Lott ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
Steve Lowe ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
George Maihöfer ... visual effects superviser: TVT (as George Maihoefer)
Charlie McClellan ... digital effects consultant: TVT (as Charles McClellan)
Greg N. Nichols ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects (as Greg Nichols)
Kevin Riley ... visual effects
Caterina Schiffers ... digital compositing: TVT
Florian Schuck ... digital retouching: TVT
Dean Taylor ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
Gaysorn Thavat ... visual effects (as Gatsorn Thavat)
Markus Wollschläger ... digital retouching: TVT
Steve Young ... whale construction: Glasshammer Visual Effects
Dee McClelland ... dailies colorist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Mark Harris ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Armie Armstrong ... underwater camera operator
Rachel Beard ... clapper loader
Joshua Creek ... additional grip (as Josh Creeks)
Kevin Donovan ... key grip
Rhys Duncan ... steadicam operator
Kirsty Griffin ... still photographer
Brenden Holster ... camera assistant: second unit (as Brendan Holster)
Steven Joyce ... generator operator (as Steve Joyce) / generator operator
Brian Laird ... best boy
Henare Mato ... lighting assistant
Grant McKinnon ... gaffer
Leon Narbey ... camera operator
Kevin Riley ... camera operator: second unit
Jim Rowe ... grip assistant
Paul Samuels ... focus puller
Sigmund Spath ... underwater photographer
Gaysorn Thavat ... focus puller: second unit
Johnny Yarrel ... video assistant
James Young ... lighting assistant

Casting Department

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Christina Asher ... additional casting
Robyn Cammell ... casting assistant (as Robin Cammell)
Riwia Fox ... casting assistant / extras casting
Karen Sydney ... additional casting
Stu Turner ... additional casting (as Stu Turner) / additional casting (as Stuart Turner)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Paul Booth ... wardrobe runner
Deirdre McKessar ... assistant costume designer
Jenny Rushton ... standby wardrobe (as Jenni Rushton)

Location Management

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Podge ... location manager

Music Department

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Simon Bowley ... music mixer
Ricky Edwards ... technical music support (as Rickey Edwards)
Chris Gough ... music supervisor: Mana Music
Jacek Tuschewski ... technical music support (as Jacek Tushewski)
Michael Edwards ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Savage ... music performer: Deceptikonz member (uncredited)

Other crew

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Phil Addenbrook ... marine engineer: Film Effects (as Phil Addenbrooke)
Kath Allen ... chaperone: Gisborne
Shane Armitage ... safety officer
Thomas Becker ... legal affairs: ApolloMedia
Tania Bettany ... financial controller: South Pacific Pictures
Josef Brandmaier ... structured finance
Anni Browning ... completion bond: Film Finances
Sally Campbell ... head of production: South Pacific Pictures
Alice Carstensen ... production runner
Dean Clarke ... marine engineer: Film Effects
Sian Clement ... unit publicist
Helen Copplestone ... assistant accountant
Birthe Danielsen ... assistant: Mr. Felscher
David Dant ... shortfall insurance: Filmvision
Matt Emery ... legal and business affairs manager: South Pacific Pictures
Spencer Faulkner ... unit assistant: second unit
Thorsten Felscher ... financial controller: ApolloMedia
Laura Fong ... production coordinator
Oliver Gee ... marine engineer: Film Effects
Moira Grant ... production coordinator
Carol Haapu ... consultant: Iwi
Rewa Harker ... assistant: John Barnett
Brian Harris ... operator: remote head
Karen Hawkyard ... animal wrangler
Willie Heatley ... boat coordinator (as Willy Heatley)
Maude Isaac ... chaperone: Gisborne
Lyssa Judd ... production runner
Camelija Karlic ... production coordinator: Pandora
Jens Kriegel ... projection assistant
Matt Lawford ... shortfall insurance: Filmvision
Di Magee ... production accountant
Samia Mainz ... assistant: Mr. Hubner
Pat Merrifield ... swimming coach
Guy Moana ... maori design/carvings
James Mok ... title designer: TVT
Damian Molloy ... water safety
Markus Münz ... projection assistant
Waio Parata-Haua ... stand-in: Paikea
Johnny Poi ... instructor: Taiaha
Ngamaru Raerino ... kaumatua: South Pacific Pictures
Karin Reinink ... assistant: John Barnett
Robert Sarkies ... script editor
Joan Scheckel ... script consultant
Nadine Schäfer ... assistant: Mr. Westerkamp and Mr. Schafer
Krissy Stainton ... production runner
Dominic Stones ... unit assistant
Gavin Strawhan ... script consultant
Hone Taumaunu ... consultant: Iwi
Rainer Teusner ... accountant: Pandora
Kathleen Thomas ... continuity (as Kath Thomas)
Aaron Tomlinson ... casual assistant
Martin Trendall ... insurance: Mahony, Trendall, Jack
Mike Turner ... manager: second unit
Karla Wallace ... production secretary
Jörg Westerkamp ... legal affairs: ApolloMedia (as Jorg Westerkamp)
Stephanie Wilkin ... chaperone / tutor
Hone Taumaunu ... production advisor (uncredited)

Thanks

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Dave Ahu ... special thanks
Mere Boynton ... special thanks
Nancy Greystone ... special thanks
Liddy Holloway ... special thanks
Derek Lardelli ... special thanks (as Derek)
Rose Lardelli ... special thanks
Andrew Lister ... special thanks
Ian Mune ... special thanks
Murray Newey ... special thanks
Kath Te Kani ... special thanks
Judith Trye ... special thanks
Tim Worrall ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny. Written by berkeley

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Taglines One young girl dared to confront the past, change the present and determine the future See more »
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Also Known As
  • Te kaieke tohora (New Zealand, Maori title)
  • Paï (France)
  • Whale rider (Spain)
  • To simadi tis falainas (Greece)
  • Valasratsastaja (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Box Office

Budget NZD6,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $20,662,447

Did You Know?

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Trivia Much of the film is about Paikea doing traditional Maori things women were not supposed to do, like sitting in the canoe and fighting. The cast and crew performed special Maori chants to ward off traditional bad luck that might arise from Keisha Castle-Hughes doing those things. See more »
Goofs The father and grandfather argue after the slide show, and the father goes to pull down the white sheet that was hung over some drapes to act as a screen. He pulls it down, along with the rod and orange drapes that the sheet was hanging from. Moments later, the drapes are back up in place and hanging perfectly straight, without enough time for him to re-hang the drapes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Making of 'Whale Rider' (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Bar One See more »
Crazy Credits Dedicated to those who have gone before See more »
Quotes [first lines]
Paikea: In the old days, the land felt a great emptiness. It was waiting. Waiting to be filled up. Waiting for someone to love it. Waiting for a leader.
[child birth scene]
Paikea: And he came on the back of a whale. A man to lead a new people. Our ancestor, Paikea. But now we were waiting for the firstborn of the new generation, for the descendant of the whale rider. For the boy who would be chief.
Paikea: There was no gladness when I was born. My twin brother died, and took our mother with him.
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