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The Dark Horse (2014)

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A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Curtis ... Genesis
James Rolleston ... Mana
Kirk Torrance ... Noble
Miriama McDowell ... Sandy
Barry Te Hira Barry Te Hira ... Mutt
Xavier Horan ... Jedi
Wayne Hapi ... Ariki
Lyel Timu Lyel Timu ... Rangimarie
Te Ahorangi Retimana-Martin ... Rusty
Calae Hignett-Morgan Calae Hignett-Morgan ... Piripi
Te Rua Rehu-Martin Te Rua Rehu-Martin ... Murray
Niwa Whatuira Niwa Whatuira ... Michael
Lionel Wellington Lionel Wellington ... Rip
Wesley Broadfoot Wesley Broadfoot ... Nathan
Tuhoe Isaac Tuhoe Isaac ... Blood
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A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

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When a king falters, it can take a community to help him stand... See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Genesis See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NZD3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,152, 3 April 2016

Gross USA:

$67,533

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,862,114
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Cliff Curtis played Uncle Bully in 'Once Were Warriors', a movie which also included the art department/ set hound used in Dark Horse. That dog's name is Rudi. See more »

Goofs

In a chess lesson, Genesis identifies the square c4 as "the Spanish square" and b5 as "the Italian square." These are the squares to which white moves the king's bishop on the third move of the Giuoco Piano, or Italian Game, and the Ruy Lopez, or Spanish Game, respectively; he's got them backward. See more »

Quotes

Genesis: Mana. You are not what they're making you think you are.
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Referenced in Talking Dead: Monster (2016) See more »

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A quiet masterpiece of storytelling
13 January 2015 | by mbellamySee all my reviews

Behind the beautiful cinematography, engaging and detailed performances, and deftly-paced editing is a master work of a screenplay. A wholly empathetic protagonist, with his wellbeing so delicately balanced, bombarded by obstacles. The stakes continue to rise, the subplots interweave seamlessly, with the whole story building to a perfectly weighted, moving, climax.

Once filmmakers could be just "good" or "interesting" and pull a crowd to the cinema to see their kitchen-sink dramas. The new Golden Age of television has put paid to that. We get great storytelling and interesting ideas pushing boundaries all the time, delivered on-call to our living rooms. if filmmakers are not making blockbusters, or special effect laden sensual experiences, then the stories must be wonderful and totally captivating to get a crowd in the car and front up with the ticket price. There's no place to hide...

This film is a great reminder of why there is still a place at the cinema for a low budget, domestic drama, they just need to be this good!


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