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From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960s.

Director:

Lee Tamahori

Writers:

John Collee (screenplay), Witi Ihimaera (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Temuera Morrison ... Grandfather Tamihana Mahana
Akuhata Keefe Akuhata Keefe ... Simeon Mahana
Nancy Brunning Nancy Brunning ... Ramona Mahana
Jim Moriarty Jim Moriarty ... Rupeni Poata
Regan Taylor Regan Taylor ... Joshua Mahana
Maria Walker Maria Walker ... Huria Mahana
Sienna MacKinlay ... Gloria Mahana
Tuhiwhakauraoterangi Wallace-Ihakara Tuhiwhakauraoterangi Wallace-Ihakara ... Hope Mahana
Kyra McRae Kyra McRae ... Faith Mahana
Eds Eramiha ... Pani
Ngahuia Piripi ... Miriam Mahana
Matariki Whatarau Matariki Whatarau ... Mohi
Miriama McDowell ... Aunt Saphora
Aroha Rawson Aroha Rawson ... Aunt Ruth
Yvonne Porter Yvonne Porter ... Poppy Poata
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From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960s.

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

3 March 2016 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

The Patriarch See more »

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The Patriarch Limited See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Barbers Elaine and Calab are from Vinny's Barber Shop Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand. See more »

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References Flaming Star (1960) See more »

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a little gem
5 March 2016 | by my-msn-woop-woopSee all my reviews

Mahana is exactly what I thought it would be, a testament to New Zealand's cinematic triumphs. It boasted both great acting and a plot that was easily followed by anyone.

I loved the underlying Maori'ness of the story and the family dynamics the movie portrayed. There is always a head of the family who is string willed and stubborn. Temuera Morrisson truly came in to his own in his role as Grandfather Mahana, I was steadily reminded of his role as Jake The Muss in Once were warriors many years ago.

Simeon Mahana(Akuhata Keefe) was the picture of perfection for his role in this movie he brought such honesty to his character and a truly a breath of fresh air.

In turn Mahana was a splendid movie that drove my emotions from one end of the scale to the other I was truly engrossed in the film and every character seems to come alive through the great choices of casting.


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