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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

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Taika Waititi

Writers:

Taika Waititi (screenplay), Barry Crump (based on the book "Wild Pork and Watercress" written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Hec
Julian Dennison ... Ricky
Rima Te Wiata ... Bella
Rachel House ... Paula
Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne ... Kahu
Oscar Kightley ... Andy
Stan Walker ... Ron
Mike Minogue ... Joe
Cohen Holloway ... Hugh
Rhys Darby ... Psycho Sam
Troy Kingi ... TK
Taika Waititi ... Minister
Hamish Parkinson Hamish Parkinson ... Gavin
Stu Giles Stu Giles ... Sick Man
Lloyd Scott ... Tourist
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Storyline

Bella and Hector, two reclusive country folk, become foster parents to Ricky, a problem child from the city. After some adjustment, things go reasonably well. However, the death of Bella means Hector now has to look after Ricky, and they didn't get along too well. Moreover, her death causes Child Services to decide to send Ricky back to the orphanage. Ricky refuses to go back and runs away, ultimately sparking a national manhunt for him and Hector. Written by grantss

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Nature just got gangster


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent content, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2016 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

A Incrível Aventura de Rick Baker See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

NZD 1,263,035 (New Zealand), 3 April 2016, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,298, 26 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,202,582, 30 October 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,133,732, 4 August 2016
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was the first local feature to gross more than NZ$1 million in its opening weekend at the New Zealand box office. See more »

Goofs

When Ricky sees the 2 officers in the woods, he does not have a rifle. In the next few shots, Ricky alternates between having a rifle and not having one. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Ricky Baker: Here we go. Reckon you can handle it?
Hec: What do you think? Reckon you can find that bird?
Ricky Baker: Yeah, I think I know where it is.
Hec: Seem to remember it was a pretty beautiful place.
Ricky Baker: Yeah, majestical. Come on, let's go. Don't slow me down, old fella.
Hec: You keep up with yourself, young player. Get in my way I'll have your guts for garters.
Ricky Baker: I honestly don't know what "guts for garters" is, so...
Hec: Those gangster talk.
Ricky Baker: Yeah, we didn't choose the Skux life.
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The credits include sections headed "Wildercrew" and "Wildercast", with the latter including the subheading "Wilderdogs". See more »

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Features Breakfast (2002) See more »

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The Trifecta
Written by Rima Te Wiata (as R Te Wiata), Taika Waititi (as T. Waititi), Julian Dennison (as J. Dennison), Sam Neill (as S. Neill), Lukasz Pawel Buda (as L. Buda), Samuel Scott (as S. Scott) and Conrad Wedde (as C. Wedde)
Copyright Control / Native Tongue Music Publishing
Performed by Moniker
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It's the kind of film that you'll be talking about years from now
15 March 2016 | by freekyfridaysSee all my reviews

While Taika Waititi takes over Hollywood with his next two projects: THOR 3: RAGNORAK (2017) and a sequel to his funniest film to date WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2014), hysterically entitled WE'RE WOLVES, his latest "little film that could" should put Sam Neil back on the map with a wonderfully gracious performance.

This magical realist New Zealand adventure drops an unloved, rebellious, little fat kid into the wild, wild southwest — and I'm here to say that this was the feel good film of Sundance this year. Luckily writer/director Waititi has held onto his unique dry-humor, which dates back to his debut feature EAGLE VS. SHARK (2007) as well as his underrated second film BOY (2010). But this krazy kids flick is not just satisfied with referencing all of the 1980s films its creator grew up loving: The movie itself is an actual throwback to the kind of children's fare that were laced with some very heavy adult issues like Walter Murch's RETURN TO OZ (1985) and Nicolas Roeg's THE WiTCHES (1990). Make sure to catch this truly loving film upon its initial theatrical release. It's the kind of experience that you'll be talking about years from now, perhaps even sharing with children of your own.


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