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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.

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Hec
Julian Dennison ... Ricky
Rima Te Wiata ... Bella
Rachel House ... Paula
Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne ... Kahu
Oscar Kightley Oscar Kightley ... Andy
Stan Walker ... Ron
Mike Minogue 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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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2016 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Lov na divljake See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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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

Director Taika Waititi makes a cameo as the minister. See more »

Goofs

When Kahu asks Ricky about his mom, he picks the photograph he's got of her from his pocket, and it is unfolded. The shot cuts to Kahu receiving the photograph while being folded, and then unfolding it again. See more »

Quotes

Hec: Pretty majestical, aye?
Ricky Baker: I don't think that's a word.
Hec: Majestical? Sure it is.
Ricky Baker: Nah, it's not real.
Hec: What would you know?
Ricky Baker: It's majestic.
Hec: That doesn't sound very special, majestical's way better.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Song of the French Partisan
Written by Emmanuel d'Astier de la Vigerie (as Zaret) and Anna Marly (as Marly)
Universal Music Corp.
Administered by Universal Music Publshing Pty Ltd
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand Ltd
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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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