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A dramatic story about a cricketer and his fiancée.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose McIver ... Nerissa Love
Ryan O'Kane ... Bob Blair
Miranda Harcourt Miranda Harcourt ... Nerissa's Mother
Mick Rose ... Alec Love
Taungaroa Emile ... Toki Awa
Dean O'Gorman ... Bert Sutcliffe
Catherine Wilkin Catherine Wilkin ... Emma Blair
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ... Bill Blair
Nathan Meister ... Jim Blair
Byron Coll Byron Coll ... Stan Avery
Fleur Saville Fleur Saville ... Eva Peacocke
Mabelle Dennison Mabelle Dennison ... Kui Wai
Tainui Tukiwaho Tainui Tukiwaho ... Ahuru Awa
Adam Gardiner ... Frank Mooney
Jonny Brugh ... John Reid (as Jonathan Brugh)


A dramatic story about a cricketer and his fiancée.

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Release Date:

14 August 2011 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Tangiwai, una historia de amor See more »


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NZD 3,000,000 (estimated)
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Lippy Pictures See more »
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Did You Know?


For the film, preserved locomotive KA 942 had its pre-1947 streamlining removed and was renumbered KA 949 to match the actual Tangiwai crash locomotive. See more »


During the cricket scene where the engagement is announced, the number plate visible on the black vehicle is an LLNNNN version not issued till the mid 1960s. See more »

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Hardly Ever Heard Of In Europe.
1 May 2016 | by hitsmanuSee all my reviews

I have always wanted to see this ever since a friend told me all about this and when she saw it in 2012 or thereabouts. Because thanks to a Christmas present I was given aged five (My Book Of Disasters / Scholastic press) I was already well aware of the Tangiwai rail disaster and the 153 lives lost that night. So until last year I have been looking for this on DVD and Youtube and can only find trailers and a three minute clip from the film - nothing else.

I finally got to see this last year as my friend has this on DVD and my goodness was I blown away. Most of all of course by the crash. However there are strong performances throughout leading up to the moment when tragedy strikes and the post-accident cricket match really does come across as a 'Could I ever do that if ever required to' moment. That nearly had me in floods proving that real men do indeed watch stuff like this as well as the fact that real men are moved to tears and mustn't be ashamed of that fact. So all I can say to those around Europe and the UK where I am from is try and see this if you can. The journey to the Southern Hemisphere which may be required ... Will almost CERTAINLY be worth it! 9/10. Recommended to a friend? FOR SURE!

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