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River Queen (2005)

An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

Director:

Vincent Ward

Writers:

Vincent Ward (story), Vincent Ward (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Morton ... Sarah O'Brien
Kiefer Sutherland ... Doyle
Cliff Curtis ... Wiremu
Temuera Morrison ... Te Kai Po
Anton Lesser ... Baine
Rawiri Pene ... Boy (as David Rawiri Pene)
Stephen Rea ... Francis
Wi Kuki Kaa Wi Kuki Kaa ... Old Rangi
Mark Ruka Mark Ruka ... Hone
Mikaila Hutchinson Mikaila Hutchinson ... Young Sarah
Tyson Reweti Tyson Reweti ... Tommy Boy
Grayson Putu Grayson Putu ... Young Wiremu
Nathan Passfield Nathan Passfield ... Boy (7 years)
Laura Coyte Douglas Laura Coyte Douglas ... Theresa
Julie Ranginui Julie Ranginui ... Old Puhi
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An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

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A kidnapped son. A nation at war. An epic journey. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

The Official site

Country:

New Zealand | UK

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

26 January 2006 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Mundos em Guerra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NZD13,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$915,442
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Ward went to great lengths to obtain the opening and closing shots of diary pages in water, filming them by himself waist-deep in the River Thames in London during post-production. See more »

Goofs

In one part of the film where the camera pans along the river, there is a distinct sound of a Kea- these are alpine parrots which do not inhabit the Whanganui region now and most probably didn't then either. See more »

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18 February 2006 | by MrStabbySee all my reviews

I just saw River Queen today. It's not as bad as the critics are saying. But it's not as good as it could have been. The acting from the leads is good, Cliff Curtis proves how world class he is and it's great to see Temuera Morrison doing some acting again. And as unpopular a view as it might be I thought Samantha Morton was very good. The cinematography is amazing and at times breathtaking. But (come on you knew there was a but.). The voice over is just really annoying and seems to state the obvious when I'd rather the actors just be allowed to show us. I also found the first half hour or so really hard going, it seemed disjointed and felt more like a long short film. The action sequences were well done and captured the battles well without doing the shaky hand held camera work that everyone else is resorting to these days. Overall the film is worth a look I'm sure everyone will get something out of it.

Note, If your a fan of Kiefer Sutherland. He's really just there so they can put his name on the poster there are plenty of local actors that could have played that role.


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