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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 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


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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:

Lov na divljake 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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Ricky Baker: [Reciting a haiku he wrote] Kingi you wanker / You arsehole, I hate you heaps / Please die soon, in pain.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in PWN: Hollywood Is Dead: PWN #10 - PART ONE (2016) See more »

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By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of Universal Music New Zealand
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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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