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Out of the Blue (2006)

Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.

Director:

Robert Sarkies

Writers:

Bill O'Brien (book), Robert Sarkies | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Karl Urban ... Nick Harvey
Matthew Sunderland ... David Gray
Lois Lawn Lois Lawn ... Helen Dickson
Simon Ferry Simon Ferry ... Garry Holden
Tandi Wright ... Julie-Anne Bryson
Paul Glover ... Paul Knox
William Kircher ... Stu Guthrie
Georgia Fabish Georgia Fabish ... Chiquita Holden
Fayth Rasmussen Fayth Rasmussen ... Stacey Percy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Bartlett Timothy Bartlett ... Jimmy Dickson
Tony Bishop Tony Bishop ... Ross Percy
Baxter Cannell Baxter Cannell ... Dion Percy
Murray Davidson Murray Davidson ... Bank Manager
Dave Dudfield Dave Dudfield ... AOS / ATS Officer
Nick Duval-Smith Nick Duval-Smith ... Brian Wilson
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Storyline

Ordinary people find extraordinary courage in the face of madness. On 13-14 November 1990 that madness came to Aramoana, a small New Zealand seaside village. It came in the form of a lone gunman with a rifle. As he stalked his victims the terrified and confused residents were trapped in the village for 24 hours while a handful of under-resourced and underarmed local policeman risked their lives trying to find him and save the survivors. By dawn 13 people lay dead. This is a docudrama based on a true story. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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From the last place on earth comes a true story of courage and survival.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Details

Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2006 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

24 horas de furia See more »

Filming Locations:

Otago, New Zealand

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$165,809 (New Zealand), 13 October 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$728, 21 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$728, 21 October 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When David Gray is tuning the radio, we can briefly hear: the 1984 song "Pink Frost" by Dunedin band The Chills, 4XD Gold, the former name of Radio Dunedin, and David Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand until 1989. See more »

Goofs

The roads at Aramoana and the road to Port Chalmers were all unsealed gravel in 1990. The subsequently sealed roads are visible in the film, like when Bryson is fleeing Gray in the van, and when Guthrie and Anderson arrive in Aramoana. See more »

Quotes

David Gray: Get out of it, you trespassing Holden!
Garry Holden: Hey don't talk to my kids like that. Calm down David.
David Gray: Don't you tell me what to do! Think you're king of Aramoana.
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Well produced drama
14 October 2006 | by penseurSee all my reviews

It was inevitable that - like the Stan Graham saga of 1941 made into the movie "Bad Blood" - the Aramoana massacre of 1990 would eventually be turned into a feature film. To their credit, the cast and crew of this have done a good job of it and perhaps just as importantly, the script writers have attempted to provide a little insight into why it happened, although the full background is something that people will need to read the two books that were written about it to get. The film starts in the morning of the day it started (the events lasted into the next day) and continues - with only a couple of brief flashbacks on the part of Gray - till a conclusion just after Gray is shot dead by police. It manages to keep fairly true with the actual events (as described in the two books) although there are some departures of varying importance. The film works well as a drama and unlike a Hollywood movie doesn't portray anyone as a superhero, or thickly apply sentimentality. The cinematography is also superb.


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