Whale Rider

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  101 min.
Release Date: June 13, 2003
DVD: October 28, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 4.39
based on 4281 votes and 43 reviews
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Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis


In this contemporary re-telling of a Maori legend, a young girl must challenge her grandfather and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

Based on the best-selling 1986 book by Witi Ihimaera, the first Maori novelist to be published in New Zealand.

Director: Niki Caro
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Tim Sanders, John Barnett
Screenplay: Niki Caro
Official Site: www.whaleriderthemovie.com

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  • 5 stars "my whole family loves this movie. we watch it over and over. it is awesome to see movies that portray the native traditional ways. keeping their tradition alive through songs, dances and stories. your in for a ride. a movie the whole family can enjoy. thank you."