Hunt for the Wilderpeople

June 25th, 2016


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 8.5/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Taika Waititi

Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Writers: Taika Waititi, Barry Crump, Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Oscar Kightley, Stan Walker, Mike Minogue, Cohen Holloway, Rhys Darby, Troy Kingi, Taika Waititi, Hamish Parkinson, Stu Giles, Lloyd Scott, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sam Neill - Hec
Julian Dennison - Ricky
Rima Te Wiata - Bella
Rachel House - Paula
Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne - Kahu
Oscar Kightley - Andy
Stan Walker - Ron
Mike Minogue - Joe
Cohen Holloway - Hugh
Rhys Darby - Psycho Sam
Troy Kingi - TK
Taika Waititi - Minister
Hamish Parkinson - Gavin
Stu Giles - Sick Man
Lloyd Scott - Tourist


Official Website: Official site

Country: New Zealand

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: New Zealand

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Did You Know?

An open casting call was held for a 12 to 15 year-old Maori girl to play the role of Kahu, with Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne selected out of 150 applicants. Ngatai-Melbourne auditioned after her friends thought the character description of Kahu sounded like her. See more »


User Review


Rating: 10/10

While Taika Waititi takes over Hollywood with his next two projects: THOR 3: RAGNORAK (2017) and a sequel to his funniest film to date WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2014), hysterically entitled WE'RE WOLVES, his latest "little film that could" should put Sam Neil back on the map with a wonderfully gracious performance.

This magical realist New Zealand adventure drops an unloved, rebellious, little fat kid into the wild, wild southwest — and I'm here to say that this was the feel good film of Sundance this year. Luckily writer/director Waititi has held onto his unique dry-humor, which dates back to his debut feature EAGLE VS. SHARK (2007) as well as his underrated second film BOY (2010). But this krazy kids flick is not just satisfied with referencing all of the 1980s films its creator grew up loving: The movie itself is an actual throwback to the kind of children's fare that were laced with some very heavy adult issues like Walter Murch's RETURN TO OZ (1985) and Nicolas Roeg's THE WiTCHES (1990). Make sure to catch this truly loving film upon its initial theatrical release. It's the kind of experience that you'll be talking about years from now, perhaps even sharing with children of your own.


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