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Mt. Zion (2013)

Turei's family are hard-working potato farm workers in rural New Zealand. A talented musician, Turei dreams of his band being the support act for Bob Marley's 1979 tour. But it's a dream ... See full summary »

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Te Arepa Kahi

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Te Arepa Kahi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stan Walker ... Turei
Temuera Morrison ... Dad
Miriama Smith ... Layla
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson
Will Hall
Kevin Kaukau Kevin Kaukau ... Booker
Troy Kingi
Bob Marley ... Himself
Graham Ryan Graham Ryan ... Powhiri Group
Naomi Toialo ... Anahera
David Wikaira-Paul
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Turei's family are hard-working potato farm workers in rural New Zealand. A talented musician, Turei dreams of his band being the support act for Bob Marley's 1979 tour. But it's a dream that challenges the traditions and values of his upbringing and will set him at odds with his family - particularly his father, a true man of the land. Written by Jasmin McSweeney

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New Zealand

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English | Maori

Release Date:

6 February 2013 (New Zealand) See more »

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Opening Weekend:

NZD 496,508 (New Zealand), 10 February 2013, Limited Release
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Small Axe Films See more »
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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Stan Walker rose to prominence, as the winner of "Australian Idol" (2009), and comes from an extremely talented musical family. His brother, Russ Walker was a finalist on, "The Voice Australia" (2017), and was already an established entertainer, performing on the local circuit, but is now a highly regarded entertainer, both in Australia and New Zealand See more »

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It's not that bad - if you want to find out about a little bit of NZ's history, it's worth a look
29 September 2013 | by chriswilkins_2000See all my reviews

I really quite enjoyed it - being English it was a nice thing to hear the Maori language spoken in a movie - in context too, as it would have been used more back then than it is now. Did they really say 'bro that much back then though???

Stan Walker's not a great actor, but better than I thought he would be. Voice is great though! The other kiwi actors are good, better than Stan and everyone copes with a pretty poor script at times. Tem Morrison is a little underused.

The band mostly look like they can play the instruments too, which is refreshing - as it adds to the reality. Musically you'll be tapping feet, if not swaying to the beats.

Overall it's not going to win awards but the pace is just about acceptable and handling of the musical numbers is pretty good. The look captures the 70's era well, with the fantastic motor cars of the time being quintessentially NZ and adding colour and style.


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