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, 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


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

Ricky Baker does not believe that Uncle Hec's use of "majestical" is correct.

The word majestical was used by William Shakespeare and appears in Hamlet (Act 1,Scene 1) when Marcellus refers to the departing Ghost's monarchial appearance:

'Tis gone. We do it wrong, being so majestical, To offer it the show of violence, For it is, as the air, invulnerable, And our vain blows malicious mockery. See more »

Goofs

In the final chase with the cop cars the audience see they are ford falcons. The New Zealand police force don't use Ford falcons in their police fleet. In fact they use Holden Commodores which is the rival to Holden in New Zealand. See more »

Quotes

Ricky Baker: It was a relaxing song... and a relaxing sausage.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Ocean Blue
Written by Lukasz Pawel Buda (as L. Buda), Samuel Scott (as S. Scott) and Conrad Wedde (as C. Wedde)
Native Tongue Music Publishing
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Great, heartwarming movie
10 July 2018 | by perica-43151See all my reviews

Want to see something fresh and original, heartwarming but also substantial - this movie is for you. Its director has such a unique tone, and his talent puts New Zealand on the world movie map all over again. Well worth your time, a positive movie, but in a deepest sense there is.


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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 »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,439, 26 June 2016

Gross USA:

$5,205,468

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,258,549
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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