Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

DVD - 2016
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Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options.
Publisher: Distributed by Madman Entertainment, Australia : [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD HUNT
Characteristics: 1 DVD (97 min.)


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LoganLib_Michael Jan 05, 2017

What a wonderfully crafted and hilariously acted movie! Taika Waititi is slowly but surely becoming one of my favourite directors (see: What We Do In The Shadows). Pure joy from start to finish, it displays Sam Neill's experience as an actor, and also Julian Dennison's gift for comedic and emotiv... Read More »

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Nov 24, 2018

Poorly made movie by New Zealanders. I checked this out because Sam Neill was in it, but he was not the american Sam Neil. Movie gives you an insight how to kill wild boars, and how an underage driver in a car chase tries to out run the police and foster care authorities.

Nov 18, 2018

Quirky and fun!

Aug 10, 2018

This is one of my favorite movies since the performances are so utterly convincing and raw and the storyline is not too whimsical or boring. This movie does not only analyze the relationship between the characters of Ricky and his foster father Uncle Hec as they get lost in the wilderness but also the way that people are seen in general. The drama/adventure film had many heartwarming and funny moments, as well, and was always the perfect pace to be enjoyable. I hope to see more from these actors in the future since they are generally unknown, and hope that more movies start steering in the direction of this film. I would rate this movie 5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 09, 2018

Really enjoyed the movie a lot more than expected. Was looking forward to seeing the awesome landscape and beautiful filmage of New Zealand and this movie certainly didn't disappoint on that account. The main characters both have shut themselves off from others but as victims of circumstance begin to rely on one another. It seems the only thin thread that ties them together as they set off into the bush is their mutual grief and feeling of loss for Bella. And her character was so interesting and quirky it's kind of a pity her role did not go on longer. But if it did it wouldn't allow Hec and Ricky to be thrown together and eventually discover common bonds. Very entertaining movie and a beautiful scenic location with many breath taking shots.

Apr 03, 2018

The scenery is breath taking. I'd like to go wild there. Scene capture is unique in the wilderness. Excellent story, well acted. Some people living in the forests do get rather "wild" at times, doing things that shock city people. I might be old, but I do envy a young one having that experience. Being with someone who has the "wilderness knack". To think,learn,know,understand & be. Wonder filling...I will watch & enjoy once more before I let it go.

Mar 14, 2018

Amusing, delightful, silly, comedic, yet, a heart-wrenching film! Good, interesting story and wonderful cinematography! The nature scenes of this island are amazing and beautiful! The main lead, a teen boy, Ricky, is superb in his role! He has a talent and I hope to see more of him in the future films!
This is an obviously low-budget film, but does deliver a good, entertaining film!
The only criticism, I do not know why it was necessary to have a bloody, disturbing killing scene of a wild boar, though! That alone had made the film unsuitable for the younger viewers, even though the butchered boar was not shown, (but all the blood on her face was!). Perhaps, it was to show the discrepancy of a loving, kind woman and her practicality in obtaining food from the wild, her turning into a sudden savage!? The only comedic moment in that scene was the boy falling into a faint due to shock!
Aside from that scene, this is a good comedy with a message about families and caring, and not giving up even on those that the society has given up on!
This story is worth to watch more than once just to get all the nuances!

Library_Jill Mar 06, 2018

A young man in the foster care system in rural New Zealand unexpectedly finds a true home, but when tragedy strikes he flees into the Bush in an attempt to hold onto the only family that has ever felt real to him. I love Sam Neill, and this was a unique role to see him play. Plenty of quirky humor and New Zealand accents, with a surprising amount of feeling.

VaughanPLAlison Feb 26, 2018

Absolutely delightful. Hilarious, touching and a great cast. Director/Writer/Actor Taika Waititi (What We Do In the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok) does it again!

LPL_MargoM Nov 14, 2017

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a phenomenal film full of the heart and humor director Taika Waititi does so well. The film follows Ricky Baker, a child in New Zealand's foster care system who must adjust from his city life to a life in the bush. The screenplay walks the perfect balance between light, humorous, and heart wrenching. I found this film quotable, comforting, and perfect for rewatching. If I was only able to watch films from a single director for the rest of my life, Taika Waititi would be on the very top of the list. If you enjoyed the new Thor film I would highly suggest giving Hunt for the Wilderpeople a watch...or twelve.

Oct 17, 2017

Great movie. I would have never seen it if it were not for my friend who recommended it to me and I'm glad he did. Very funny and a good drama. I would recommend it.

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Oct 17, 2017

Violence: Some hunting violence and a bloody scene used to comedic effect.


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Dieu_D Dec 22, 2016

"Faulkner is cauc-asian" - well, they got that wrong because you're obviously white.


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