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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.

Director:

Vincent Ward

Writers:

Vincent Ward (story), Vincent Ward (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Morton ... Sarah O'Brien
Kiefer Sutherland ... Doyle
Cliff Curtis ... Wiremu
Temuera Morrison ... Te Kai Po
Anton Lesser ... Baine
Rawiri Pene ... Boy (as David Rawiri Pene)
Stephen Rea ... Francis
Wi Kuki Kaa Wi Kuki Kaa ... Old Rangi
Mark Ruka Mark Ruka ... Hone
Mikaila Hutchinson Mikaila Hutchinson ... Young Sarah
Tyson Reweti Tyson Reweti ... Tommy Boy
Grayson Putu Grayson Putu ... Young Wiremu
Nathan Passfield Nathan Passfield ... Boy (7 years)
Laura Coyte Douglas Laura Coyte Douglas ... Theresa
Julie Ranginui 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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Rated R for violent and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand | UK

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

26 January 2006 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Mundos em Guerra See more »

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Budget:

NZD 13,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Ward went to great lengths to obtain the opening and closing shots of diary pages in water, filming them by himself waist-deep in the River Thames in London during post-production. See more »

Goofs

The morning after Sarah gets her tattoo (done with a chisel), her chin is completely smooth and healed. In reality, her face would be quite swollen with open cuts for some time after. See more »

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An intense and unforgettable movie experience about a mother's search for her lost son, at a time of wars over land and racial misunderstanding.
27 November 2005 | by lindsayrsheltonSee all my reviews

The best movie of Vincent Ward's unparalleled 25 year career. To his always uniquely beautiful images (filmed by Alun Bollinger, one of New Zealand's greatest cameramen) he adds an enthralling story not only about a mother's search for her lost son, but also about a time of violence in 19th Century colonial history when Maori and Pakeha were inextricably mixed on both sides of a war about land and racial misunderstanding. Moving performances by the great Maori actors Cliff Curtis and Temuera Morrison and by Samantha Morton. Sensational action sequences should give this epic production the widest appeal to general audiences, as well as providing a huge range of historical topics for further debate.


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