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In the birthday scene, the cast and crew filmed ten takes singing the normal "Happy Birthday" song before finding out they didn't have the rights to use it. So the song "Ricky Baker, It's your Birthday" was created on the spot by the actors.
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The film was the first local feature to gross more than NZ$1 million in its opening weekend at the New Zealand box office.
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Director Taika Waititi makes a cameo as the minister.
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Sam Neill described the film as very funny with many funny people in it, and one unfunny person. That last one being himself.
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All of the news presenters in the film were all actual news presenters on New Zealand TV at the time of filming.
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The fourth film directed by Taika Waititi to premiere at Sundance Festival, after Eagle vs Shark (2007), Boy (2010), and What We Do in the Shadows (2014), which all won critical acclaim.
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An open casting call was held for a 12 to 15 year-old Maori girl to play the role of Kahu, with Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne selected out of 150 applicants. Ngatai-Melbourne auditioned after her friends thought the character description of Kahu sounded like her.
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In Ricky's haiku, he says that he hates Kingi. Kingi was a character in Boy (2010), another film directed by Taika Waititi.
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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.
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Ricky mentions a situation is just like the Lord of the Rings, which were also filmed entirely in the New Zealand wilderness.
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The song that Ricky was dancing to as he listened to his Walkman was Magic What She Do by Dave Dobbyn.
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During the film, Ricky Baker talks about wanting to be a gangster, His name is the same name of a character In Boyz In The Hood
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Based on a book called Wild Pork and Watercress, by the author Barry Crump.
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The Uncle is portrayed as illiterate. The actor who plays him, Sam Neill however has a BA in English Literature.
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Sam Neill also appeared as a man on the run from the government in the New Zealand bush in Sleeping Dogs (1977).
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One of the fragments of the chase is an exact time-lapse copy of Toyota's Hilux car ad, which was broadcast on New Zealand television in the 1980s.
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The magpie spotted in Ricky's room near the end is wearing a Collingwood Football Club jersey.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

One part of the chase scene with the red Toyota Hilux copies a 1980's New Zealand TV commercial for the Toyota Hilux (Crumpy and Scotty) shot for shot.
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The Toyota that Hec and Ricky use to escape from Psycho Sam's hideout is called Crumpy, in reference to Barry Crump, the author of the book the screenplay was based on. An identical vehicle was driven by Barry Crump in a long running series of Toyota commercials in New Zealand, where Barry played a bushman taking a city slicker named Scotty for a drive through the Bush. Scotty was played by Lloyd Scott, who appears in this film as "Tourist".
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Bears many similarities to Disney/Pixar's Up (2009). A cantankerous old man and complaining overweight child get lost in the wilderness after the man's wife dies. They travel with their dog/s, find a bird that no one believes exists and lay the wife's spirit in her final resting place. They meet a man who has lived out in the wilderness which has cost him his sanity, and are hunted by people who want the man dead. Eventually they get home where the man has softened and becomes a part of the boy's life.
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The scene with the boar coming at Hec is near identical to a scene in New Zealand movie What Becomes of the Broken Hearted starring Temuera Morrison which is the sequel to Once Were Warriors
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