Whale Rider PG-13

In the ways of the ancients she found a hope for the future.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 22, 2017
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Director Commentary
    • "Te Waka: Building The Canoe" Featurette
    • "Behind-the-Scenes Of Whale Rider"
    • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
    • Poster Art and Photo Gallery
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Produced by , &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by &

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

Total Count: 153


User Ratings: 49,921
Niki Caro roots her characters in a landscape equal parts mundane and boundless, incorporates tantalising sea photography and Lisa's Gerrard's ambient soundtrack, and lifts off into a sublime, Elysian ending. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
both an effective snapshot of the challenges which modernity brings to indigenous cultures, and a neat illustration of the power of myths to adapt. Full Review
Daily Info
Jun 11, 2013
Rating: 3/5 -- The movie's story is a sometimes clumsy but gradually involving coming-of-age story about courage, sexism, past customs vs. contemporary social values and a community and family at odds within themselves. Full Review
Sacramento News & Review
Aug 7, 2008
...Ms. Caro treats the material with the calm of a silent film and exploits the extravagant beauty of the location for its majesty....It has the inspiring resonance of found art...
New York Times
Jun 6, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 13, 2003
What a splendid film for the entire family! Keisha Castle-Hughes stars in a sparkling performance...
Chicago Sun-Times
Dec 21, 2003
Filmmaker-writer Caro orchestrates scenes with a lyrical touch, infusing the film with doses of humor, and an effortless, mythic quality consistent with its source material, the eponymous cultural novel by Maori author Witi Ihimaera. Full Review
National Catholic Reporter
Apr 30, 2019

Product Description:

New Zealand's Maori culture is the focus of WHALE RIDER, the powerful coming-of-age tale of Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), a 13-year-old girl who feels destined to become leader and chief to her tribe although that role has always been reserved for males. In part, the role is her birthright, as her twin brother died in childbirth, and she survived. However, her grandfather, Koro (Rawiri Paratene), who is the current chief, stands firmly in the way of Pai's dream. He is extremely traditional and is superstitious that even Pai's curiosity in learning to be chief could upset the ancestors (who are the whales themselves). Pai's grandmother, Flowers (Vicky Haughton), defies Koro to support Pai, and her uncle, Rawiri (Grant Roa), trains her in the chants and battle techniques she needs. The rest is intuition, and Pai has loads of it--enough to communicate with the ancestors, and call them to her for help and guidance.

Weaving family life, cultural tradition, and an ancient myth into a contemporary story, WHALE RIDER is a tender tale. As Pai, first-time actress Castle-Hughes is a small but impressive warrior, perfectly balancing kid naivety with adult bravery. The traditional costumes, language, chants, and personality of the Maori people come through well, while the tale is clearly a modern fiction, based on a novel by Witi Ihimaera. Beautiful and dramatic New Zealand landscapes and dreamy underwater whale photography cement the formula of the film and add to its magic.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: JUNE 6, 2003 (LA/NY)

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  • UPC: 826663178623
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