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The Dead Lands (2014)

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After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hongi
... The Warrior
... Wirepa
... Rangi
Raukura Turei ... Mehe
... Tane
... Grandmother
... Mana
... Ka
Jamus Webster ... Tahi
Bianca Hyslop ... Pipi
Isabella Rakete ... Keri
Matariki Whatarau ... Tama
Wairangi Koopu ... Raupatu
Jeff Ruha ... Mere


After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi, a Maori chieftain's teenage son, must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, Hongi's only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Warrior, a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years. Written by GFC

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tribe | maori | polynesian | See All (3) »


Where the warrior spirit was born


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Rated R for brutal bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 October 2014 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Savasçi  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,327, 17 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,426, 3 May 2015
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2.35 : 1
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All the actors underwent a six week training boot camp prior to filming to get them into shape. See more »


In reference to the previous statement about an apparent car in the back of shot, the viewer must have been seeing things. What it is is a Kereru (our native wood pigeon) that briefly and with much motion blur flies past the Warrior like a spirit form. See more »


The Warrior: I have a blackness that comes upon me - where even the God of War would not venture!
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Waiata Atahu
Written by Te Manahau Morrison
Performed by Raukura Turei
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A young Mauri warrior seeking revenge for the death of his tribe.
14 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Due to my current time restraints I'm going to skip the usual intellectually enthusiastic movie exaltation and just cut right to some idiotically strait-forward praise.

This movie was quite an amazing surprise. I didn't expect it to be so good, to the point where I haven't seen an action movie like it in at least a year. And when I use the word "good," it's to symbolize an all-encompassing quality. The depths of the human spirit were represented in the film, clearly and intensely, not considering it's depletion of maybe romance and humor, at it's worst. I found the drama unmatched, and the action and cinematography are extremely inventive. Not to mention: it's the only good Mauri period piece I've ever seen, so I think I might've been waiting a long time for something like this.

A true work of art.

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