Came A Hot Friday - 1984
Mirage Films - 105 min.
UPC 8856021032313; 9418212012260
Cast: Peter Bland, Phillip Gordon, Billy T. James, Michael Lawrence, Marshall Napier, Marise Wipani, Erna Larson, Phillip Holden, Don Selwyn, Patricia Phillips, Michael Morrisey.
Screenplay: Dean Parker, Ian Mune based upon a story by Ronald Hugh Morrieson; Cinematographer: Alun Bollinger; Editor: Ken Zemke; Production Design: Ron Highfield; Music: Stephen McCurdy; "This Time", sung by Beaver; "Work for the Money" and "Out in the Cold" sung by Prince Tui Teka;
Producer: Larry Parr; Director: Ian Mune.
In 1949 Wes and his sidekick Cyril are conmen eking out a meagre living by scamming small-town bookies. They arrive in Tainui and go to work with the help of gullible local, Don. They actually make some money, more by luck than judgement, but when Wes wins a very large amount of money gambling at the villainous Sel Bishop's illicit casino, Sel manages to avoid paying up. Wes and company join forces with the bizarre "Mexican" bandit, the Tainui Kid, and set out to get Wes's money back. The second, after 'Goodbye Pork Pie', New Zealand feature to reach $1 million at the box office. Recommended.
Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: B