Whale Rider

Whale Rider

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Whale Rider

Based on the novel of the same name by Maori writer Witi Ihimaera, Whale Rider is a unique family drama directed Niki Caro. On the eastern coast of New Zealand, 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. This tradition is challenged when a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister manages to survive and the father (Cliff Curtis) runs off, overwhelmed with grief. The little girl, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), is brought up by stubborn grandfather Koro (Rawiri Paratene) and gentle grandmother Nanny (Vicky Haughton). Koro, the chief of their tribe, is disappointed because Pai's twin brother was supposed to be the next leader. Trying to find the proper successor, he attempts to organize a leadership group amongst the local boys while Pai enlists the help of her has-been uncle Rawiri (Grant Roa) to teach herself the art of chiefdom. She appears to possess a natural leadership ability and adventurous spirit that draws her to the proliferation of her faltering tribe. Whale Rider premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and won the World Cinema Audience Award.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2017
UPC: 0826663178623
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 17,487

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director Commentary; "Te Waka: Building The Canoe" Featurette; "Behind-the-Scenes Of Whale Rider"; Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary; Poster Art and Photo Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keisha Castle-Hughes Pai
Rawiri Paratene Koro
Vicky Haughton Nanny Flowers
Cliff Curtis Porourangi
Grant Roa Uncle Rawiri
Rawinia Clarke Miro
Taungaroa Emile Dog
Tammy Davis Willie
Tahei Simpson Miss Parata
Elizabeth Skeen Rehua
Roi Taimana Rewi
Mana Taumaunu Hemi
Tyronne White Jake

Technical Credits
Niki Caro Director,Screenwriter
John Barnett Producer
Reinhard Brundig Co-producer
Kirsty Cameron Costumes/Costume Designer
David Coulson Editor
Bill Gavin Executive Producer
Lisa Gerrard Score Composer
Frank Hübner Producer
Witi Ihimaera Associate Producer
Linda Goldstein Knowlton Executive Producer
Dave Madigan Sound/Sound Designer
Grant Major Production Designer
Grace Mock Art Director
Leon Narbey Cinematographer
Diana Rowan Casting
Tim Sanders Producer
Liz Tan Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Whale Rider
1. Scene 1 [7:10]
2. Scene 2 [3:10]
3. Scene 3 [4:37]
4. Scene 4 [1:16]
5. Scene 5 [3:13]
6. Scene 6 [4:42]
7. Scene 7 [3:38]
8. Scene 8 [6:12]
9. Scene 9 [7:01]
10. Scene 10 [3:28]
11. Scene 11 [4:50]
12. Scene 12 [2:32]
13. Scene 13 [3:12]
14. Scene 14 [4:26]
15. Scene 15 [1:51]
16. Scene 16 [2:19]
17. Scene 17 [2:50]
18. Scene 18 [2:58]
19. Scene 19 [6:06]
20. Scene 20 [3:30]
21. Scene 21 [2:28]
22. Scene 22 [2:53]
23. Scene 23 [7:26]
24. Scene 24 [2:22]
25. Scener 25 [3:34]
26. Scene 26 [3:26]

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Whale Rider 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent movie with a wonderful plot and great musical score. Pai, played by Keisha Castle Hughes, is perfectly cast as the main character. She draws you into this film and sometimes breaks your heart. 'Whale Rider' has a real story to tell, without resorting to typical Hollywood staples like violence and sex. This is not a 'kid' movie as the title and plot might suggest-it's a must see for everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. My husband and I were excited to see the movie anyways as we were going to New Zealand for our honeymoon. It is a beautiful country and we can understand the importance of the Maori culture. A must see!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love movies about real people in real life, stories that make you laugh and cry, feel the pains, disappointments, and trials of life, and celebrate the power and resilience of the human spirit, this movie is for you! Pai and her oh-so-familiar and disfunctional family made me do all of this many times over in the course of this beautifully raw film. More so than I've ever done before, outside my own personal life experience. What else can I say, but GO SEE IT!
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Mesmerizing. A Star Turn for the little girl. Loved it and showed it to several other people who also said they loved it.
Magufo More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful movie with a message of love, acceptance and triumphing when the odds are against you. Never underestimate the power you hold within, for everyone has an untapped source deep within their soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this remarkable story, the strong will and love of a young girl transforms her staunchly traditionalist grandfather into opening his mind and heart. And that's not all...the incredible acting and the interweaving of New Zealand culture will keep you riveted to the screen. An unforgettable film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this in the theaters and am going to pick up the DVD. I enjoyed the movie very much and can't wait to watch it again. If you like feel good movies, this is one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most amazing films I have ever seen. It grabs hold of your emotions and never lets go! I can see this movie topping my list of favorites for decades. You must see this film, and once you see it you will want to own it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a guy who likes Arnold and Bruce and Jet Li and Vin Diesel action movies. Whale Rider took me to another dimension, tears in my eyes and all! I hope the American viewing audience recognizes this movie as something special and rewards it accordingly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best film i have ever seen. it was very moving and i recommend it to everyone i talk to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of the better ones i've seen this year. It was very interesting to learn about the beliefs of those new zealanders. It was kind of odd but still interesting all the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie involved awe inspiring cinematography, and unwavering performances from the cast members, both young and old. It was a truly touching story, based on very old traditions. A production that is a must see for both men and women.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the beginning, this film resonated on many levels-- from the mysterious whale mythology to familial intergeneration relationships to the role of women in society. The daily struggles that Pai had to endure alternately brought tears to my eyes or had me sobbing. But the joy for living that she exhibited and the tremendous strength of her character made me cheer. I hold this story close to my heart as a tribute to all women who succeed in teaching others how to love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this film, i am 16 years old and i was on the verge of tears and laughing histerically throughout the movie. this is an excellent movie which has made it to my top ten movie favorites, this move was genious, pure genious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly amazing and unique movie. This and Finding Nemo are the best movies this year. Young Ms. Hughes is a great actor. Just bought the soundtrack too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whale Rider is empowering, moving and all-around wonderful. Enjoyable for all adult audiences. One of the best movies I've ever seen. I HIGHLY recommend this movie. If you don't see it you'll be missing out BIG TIME.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutly loved this movie. it was shown to me in social studies class, and i fell in love with it. i reccomend it for anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of a young girl who is to become a tribal leader in a male oriented society. Beautifully photographed in New Zealand. Pai is the surviving female twin of an ancient tribe that is waiting for a new leader. Her grandfather, a tribal elder, is still held by the belief that the new leader must be a male. Pai has ''the gift'' but her grandfather cannot see her abilities. This is the story of Pai's growth as she learns to understand her culture, her gift and remain true to her grandfather. Truely a beautiful story. As a teacher, I suggest you read the book to your class before seeing the movie. (grades 5+)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A GREAT (!!!) movie about a young person's struggle for recognition that most anyone can appreciate--but I believe most powerful for girls of 12-16. If Pia's speach near the end of the movie doesn't move you, you are likely unmovable. I recommend this movie to everyone I know. Just plain superb!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie for every girl, women and human being.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have recommended this film to all of my friends and family. Unfortunately, it was not in wide release in most cities, and here in Hawaii. Unless you seeked it out, you would have missed it. How sad that in our society films of this nature are not seen more than some of the rubbish that is produced in Hollywood today! I hope that more people will buy the DVD or video upon its release this month. It would make a great gift for any age group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was more than I expected. 'Pai' is an excellent actress with great potentials.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first watched this movie I did not want to take my eyes off the screen. I would recommend it for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this one. If you like movies that show other cultures and their myths being incorporated into the modern world then please treat yourself to this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was absolutly wonderful! As a 16 year old I dont always like movies my parents like, but it was actually me who showed it to them, and they fell in love with it too!