Utu

Overview

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 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, Wallace kills as many British settlers as he can get his hands on. ...
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Overview

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 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, Wallace kills as many British settlers as he can get his hands on. The feverish conviction of Wallace's 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 Wallace's reign of terror. The most expensive New Zealand-filmed project to date, Utu was an enormous success upon its first domestic release; the American version runs some 15 minutes shorter than the original.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/19/2000
  • UPC: 738329018924
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Letterbox
  • Language: English, Maori
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anzac Wallace Te Wheke
Bruno Lawrence Williamson
Kelly Johnson Lieutenant Scott
Wi Kuki Kaa Wiremu
Tim Elliott Col. Elliot
Ilona Rodgers Emily
Tania Bristowe Kura
Martyn Sanderson Vicar
Faenza Reuben Henare
Merata Mita Matu
Sean Duffy Jones
Bill Juliff Charlie
Robin Ruakere George
Ronnie Smith
Stephen Tozer Capt. Rogers
Ian Watkin
Ian Stewart
Tom Poata Puni
John Bach Belcher
Technical Credits
Geoff Murphy Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Keith Aberdein Screenwriter
John Charles Score Composer
Graeme Cowley Cinematographer
Ron Highfield Production Designer
Michael Horton Editor
Ian John Editor
Michael Kane Costumes/Costume Designer
Rick Kofoed Art Director
Pat Murphy Production Manager
Lee Tamahori Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Overture. [:17]
2. Opening titles(the village). [1:55]
3. The warriors's mask. [9:14]
4. One of God's children. [3:37]
5. The lonely villa. [8:25]
6. The siege. [5:48]
7. Heavy artillery. [10:29]
8. Target practice. [10:04]
9. Cry of mourning. [6:19]
10. In the windmill. [9:03]
11. Northward march. [9:31]
12. Before the storm. [8:54]
13. Attack on the hotel. [7:46]
14. Hunting Te Wheke. [5:05]
15. Final firefight. [8:09]
16. Court martial. [3:51]
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