Whale Rider Movie Review 2002

Information and Film Reviews for Whale Rider the Movie

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Pai (Castle-Hughes, wonderful in her film debut) is a very determined 12-year-old Maori girl whose very traditional grandfather Koro (Paratene) is the tribal chief. Pai's father (Curtis) should be the next in line but after the death of his wife and Pai's infant twin brother, he's left the family. Although the stubborn Koro loves Pai, he refuses to see his granddaughter as a possible successor and won't train her in the customs that he teaches to the Maori boys. So Pai observes and learns on her own--ready to show everyone that she has what it takes. Title refers to the legend that their ancestor arrived in their land on the back of a whale. Adapted from the 1986 novel by Witi Ihimaera.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 105 minutes.
Originally from New Zealand, German.

Cast and Crew

Coming of Age, Grandparents, Folklore & Legends
Niki Caro
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Clifford Curtis
Leon Narbey
Niki Caro
Lisa Gerrard
David Madigan, David Coulson, Grace Mock, Kirsty Camerson, Grant Major
John Barnett, Tim Sanders, Frank Hubner, ApolloProMedia, Pandora Film, Forest Whitaker, Newmarket Films


Ind. Spirit 2004: Foreign Film.

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