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Utu (1984)





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Utu is the Maori word for "Retribution," which sums up the chief motivating factor of this New Zealand-produced drama. Set in the 1870s, the film details the exigencies of British Colonial rule. A Maori scout, Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace), stumbles across a native village that has been destroyed in a British raid. Since it is the scout's own village, he deserts the British army, the better to seek "utu." Leading a vigilante force consisting of his fellow Maoris, Te Wheke kills as many British settlers as he can get his hands on. The feverish conviction of his crusade is in stark contrast to the attitudes of the British, who seem more concerned with material possessions than with human beings. Popular down under star Bruno Lawrence is cast as a vengeance-driven settler who makes it his personal mission in life to end Te Wheke's reign of terror. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Anzac Wallace
as Te Wheke
Bruno Lawrence
as Williamson
Tim Elliott
as Col. Elliot
Kelly Johnson
as Lt. Scott
John Bach
as Belcher
Bill Juliff
as Charlie
Stephen Tozer
as Capt. Rogers
Awatea Mita
as Wikitoria
Puni Rangiaho
as Wikitoria's Mother
Gook Te Huia
as Te Wheke's Uncle
Joe Malcolm
as Tattooer
Tim Shadbolt
as Photographer
as Spy
Ian Watkin
as Doorman
Connie Gilbert
as Woman By Fire
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It's New Zealand's best film ever, at once culturally significant and broadly entertaining, melding American genre with New Zealand history to stunning effect.

August 31, 2019 | Full Review…

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