Whale Rider

Whale Rider

Keisha Castle-Hughes
Director: Niki Caro Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes
Keisha Castle-Hughes
, Rawiri Paratene
Rawiri Paratene
, Vicky Haughton
Vicky Haughton
Niki Caro

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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: 3,216

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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