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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 1 July 2016 (USA)
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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.

Director:

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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In Ricky's haiku, he says that he hates Kingi. Kingi was a character in Boy (2010), another film directed by Taika Waititi. See more »

Goofs

Realistically, Ricky Baker would have lost a significant amount of weight when himself and Uncle Hank go on their trek into the bush: They would have been surviving on little food and doing a lot of exercise every day. See more »

Quotes

Minister: You would think Jesus. I thought Jesus the first time I came across that door. It's not Jesus. It's another door. And guess what's on the other side of that door? Yeah, Jesus. He's tricky like that, Jesus.
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Crazy Credits

The credits include sections headed "Wildercrew" and "Wildercast", with the latter including the subheading "Wilderdogs". See more »

Connections

Features Breakfast (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Cadbury Flake
Written by Ronald Frederick Bond
Courtesy of Ronnie Bond Music and MCPS
By arrangement with CueSongs Ltd
Performed by Moniker
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3 April 2016 | by fleableSee all my reviews

I saw this movie last night in Hokitika. There was a queue outside, which caused comment enough amongst the locals, as this never happens. The cinema was packed with an amazing demographic of people, for example, on one side of me were toddlers with their Mums, on the other a lone hunter-type and behind me a group of retired farmer ladies. I think this speaks volumes on the draw of this film. To put it simply, it ticks all the right boxes. Everyone in Aotearoa (NZ) will know these characters in some form or another; from the gruff old bushman, to the earthy mother figure and the chillaxed cop. It is that familiarity that makes it more engrossing and funny. But not just here, its mix of subtle bathos and pathos will make it universally appealing, of that I am certain. In short: Good on ya, Taika! 'Marvellous' film!


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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,439, 26 June 2016

Gross USA:

$5,205,468

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,591,592
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2.35 : 1
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