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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.



(screenplay), (based on the book "Wild Pork and Watercress" written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hec
... Ricky
... Bella
... Paula
... Kahu
... Andy
... Ron
... Joe
... Hugh
... Psycho Sam
... TK
... Minister
Hamish Parkinson ... Gavin
Stu Giles ... Sick Man
... Tourist


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 March 2016 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

A Incrível Aventura de Rick Baker  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song that Ricky was dancing to as he listened to his Walkman was Magic What She Do by Dave Dobbyn. See more »


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 »


Ricky Baker: I didn't choose the skuxx life, the skuxx life chose me.
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Crazy Credits

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


Turn Your Lights Down Low
Written by Bob Marley
(c) Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
Performed by Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne
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Perfectly Beautiful and Hilarious
1 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Beautiful story of survival, family and humor, Amazing Cinematography and relatable lovable characters. This film places deep characters and themes in a beautifully visual setting of New Zealand while making it hilariously funny and giving the right amount of action, thought-provoking situations and dialogue to make it a perfect film, Using every possible opportunity to give the audience an emotional and visual pleasure.

The film covers so many aspects of developing emotions while delivering a heart touching laugh your ass off story and never letting the audience either laughing or awing for the story of this cute parent-less fat boy and his journey of running,hiding and surviving though the unique NZ bush and connection to his uncle Heck.

The film allows the audience to leave with the most satisfyingly developed characters and story, while becoming a instant classic and a great showcase of New Zealand as a Country and its potential in the Film Industry.

I consider this to be the best film By Tiki Waititi and there is no wonder why he the writer and director has been chosen to direct the anticipated Thor: Ragnarok of the superhero film genre taking over Hollywood.

James Cameron

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