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Utu

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 1983

PG
Parental Guidance

It's the 1870s, and Māori leader Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace) is fed up by brutal land grabs. He leads a bloody rebellion against the colonial Government, provoking threatened frontiersmen, disgruntled natives, lusty wahine, bible-bashing priests, and kupapa alike to consider the nature of ‘utu’ (retribution). Legendary New Yorker critic Pauline Kael raved about Geoff Murphy’s ambitious follow up to Goodbye Pork Pie: “[He] has an instinct for popular entertainment. He has a deracinated kind of hip lyricism. And they fuse quite miraculously in this epic ...”

For me it is blood for blood. Utu.
– Matu (Merata Mita)

Produced by

Utu Productions

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission

Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata

Music

Music composeed by John Charles. Performed by the NZ Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Southgate. 

Waiatas by Jane and Paul Mareikura
Māori flute by Joe Malcolm

 

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