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Whale Rider [videorecording]

South Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in association The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner ; written & directed by Niki Caro
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possesses a natural leadership ability.
Director
Niki Caro
Performers
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House.
Release Date
2002
Run Time
101 min.
Language
Closed captioned; sound track in English with optional English and Spanish subtitles
Rating
MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief language and a momentary drug reference
Notes
  • Videodisc release of a 2002 motion picture.
  • Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera.
  • Special features: behind-the-scenes featurette; filmmaker's commentary; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; soundtrack showcase.
Awards Note
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2003: Audience Award Best - Narrative Feature (Niki Caro).
Edition
Special ed
ISBN
1404943722
Credits
Director of photography, Leon Narbey ; editor, David Coulson ; music, Lisa Gerrard ; costume designer, Kirsty Cameron ; production designer, Grant Major.
Published
Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2003], c2002.
Publisher no.
02272 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Description
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital; widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.35:1).
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