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River Queen (2005)

An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sarah O'Brien
... Doyle
... Wiremu
... Te Kai Po
... Baine
... Boy (as David Rawiri Pene)
... Francis
Wi Kuki Kaa ... Old Rangi
Mark Ruka ... Hone
Mikaila Hutchinson ... Young Sarah
Tyson Reweti ... Tommy Boy
Grayson Putu ... Young Wiremu
Nathan Passfield ... Boy (7 years)
Laura Coyte Douglas ... Theresa
Julie Ranginui ... Old Puhi
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An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

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With darkness all around, only the heart can see. See more »


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Dois Mundos em Guerra  »

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NZD 13,000,000 (estimated)
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In late-October 2004 Vincent Ward was removed from directing the film by the producers, and replaced by his cinematographer Alun Bollinger. Ward returned to the project when filming was completed. See more »

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The jerk rig rope attached to the stunt man is visible during the ambush. See more »

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Thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing film
25 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Boy did I enjoy River Queen. The scenery was stunning, the acting superb, the story brilliant, and the music was a hauntingly beautiful match to an incredible film. I always thought it would be great if a film was set during the Maori wars that was similar to Michael Mann's "The Last of the Mohicans". Well this it, with shades of Joffe's "The Mission" to boot.

River Queen grabs you and draws you into a world that you only learned about in history books. It does not take sides but portrays the beautiful and the ugly in both sides to the conflict. The chemistry between the main actors is powerful and moving and keeps the people of the story to the fore, stopping them from being engulfed by the powerful images of the war.

I always thought it would take our own Peter Jackson (should be Sir Peter) to make a film of this quality in New Zealand and about New Zealand. But I take my hat off to Vincent Ward. River Queen demonstrates that there is an amazing depth of movie making talent in this small country that time and again punches way above it's weight.


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