Utu - 1983
Utu Productions - 120 min.
DVD UPC # 738329018924; 9315842009373
Cast: Anzac Wallace; Bruno Lawrence, Wi Kuki Kaa, Tim Elliott, Kelly Johnson, John Bach, Tania Bristowe, Ilona Rodgers, Faenza Reuben, Martyn Sanderson, Merata Mita.
Crew: Screenplay: Geoff Murphy, Keith Aberdein; Photography: Graeme Cowley; Editor: Michael Horton; Music: John Charles; Costume Designer: Michael Kane; Production Designer: Ron Highfield; Producer and Director: Geoff Murphy.
New Zealand in 1870 - a friendly Maori village is massacred by colonial troops and discovered by army scout, Te Wheke, whose own people are among the dead. He turns on his employers and takes up his warrior chieftain past, seeking utu (revenge), he engages in guerilla warfare against the Pakeha. One of those attacked is a farmer whose wife is killed and house burned. He in turns seeks his vengeance. Shot in the Hawke's Bay area near Hastings, Napier and Te Pohue. The original score was the first NZ feature to use the full New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. One to put on your "must see" list.
Censor rating: PG - Review rating: B