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“New Zealand in the 1870s. A Maori village is massacred by colonial troops. A Maori warrior vows to seek retribution. He attacks a farmhouse, where the farmer's wife is killed. The farmer sets out to get revenge for her death. Two men ... each seeking vengeance.

“It's the 1870s and charismatic Māori leader Te Wheke is fed up by brutal land grabs. He takes up arms and leads a bloody rebellion against the colonial NZ Government. In the process he provokes everyone affected by his actions — threatened frontiersmen, disgruntled natives, lusty wahine, bible-bashing priests, and kupapa amongst them — to consider the nature and meaning of ‘utu’ (retribution). Geoff Murphy’s ambitious, energetic film takes the shotgun approach in its attempt to be the great New Zealand (colonial) epic.” - New Zealand Film Commission; www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/utu; retrieved 31/01/2014.

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Year 1983

Reference number F2008

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:56:48

Production company UTU PRODUCTIONS

Credits Cast: Anzac Wallace
Cast: Bruno Lawrence
Cast: Wi Kuki Kaa
Cast: Kelly Johnson
Cast: Tania Bristowe
Cast: Ilona Rodgers
Cast: Merata Mita
Cast: Tim Elliot
Director: Geoff Murphy
Executive Producer: Don Blakeney
Executive Producer: Kerry Robins
Executive Producer: David Carson-Parker
Director of Photography: Graeme Cowley
Camera: Paul Leach
Assistant Director: Lee Tamahori
Writer: Geoff Murphy
Writer: Keith Aberdein
Editor: Michael Horton
Sound: Graham Morris
Sound Mixing: Don Reynolds
Sound Mixing: Brian Shennan
Music: John Charles
Music: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Production Manager: Pat Murphy
Funding: New Zealand Film Commission
Producer: Geoff Murphy

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