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Based on the novel of the same name by Maori writer Witi Ihimaera, Whale Rider is a unique family drama directed Niki Caro. On the eastern coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. This tradition is challenged when a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister manages to survive and the father (Cliff Curtis) runs off, overwhelmed with grief. The little girl, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), is brought up by stubborn grandfather Koro (Rawiri Paratene) and gentle grandmother Nanny (Vicky Haughton). Koro, the chief of their tribe, is disappointed because Pai's twin brother was supposed to be the next leader. Trying to find the proper successor, he attempts to organize a leadership group amongst the local boys while Pai enlists the help of her has-been uncle Rawiri (Grant Roa) to teach herself the art of chiefdom. She appears to possess a natural leadership ability and adventurous spirit that draws her to the proliferation of her faltering tribe. Whale Rider premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and won the World Cinema Audience Award. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi.

cc Director commentary, Theatrical trailer and TV spots, "Te Waka: Building the Canoe" featurette, Behind the scenes of Whale Rider, Deleted scenes with optional commentary, Whale Rider: The Soundtrack showcase, Art and photo gallery, Scene selection.

cc Director commentary Theatrical trailer and TV spots "Te Waka: Building the Canoe" featurette Behind the scenes of Whale Rider Deleted scenes with optional commentary Whale Rider: The Soundtrack showcase Art and photo gallery Scene selection.

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Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Color: Other
Original Languages: English
Director: Niki Caro
Edition: Special Edition
Duration: 101
Actors: Taungaroa Emile, Cliff Curtis, Tyronne White, Rawiri Paratene, Mana Taumaunu, Vicky Haughton, Roi Taimana, Rawinia Clarke, Elizabeth Skeen, Grant Roa, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Tahei Simpson, Tammy Davis
Studio & Production Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Record Label: Columbia TriStar
Digital Video Formats: DVD
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.68 x 5.50 x 7.75 IN
Release Date: 10/28/2003
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a very helpful product
7/23/2007

Customer review by peachespug

4.0 stars 7/23/2007 by peachespug
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This was a school project. The product and shipping was great. The movie was not good, hard to understand the native tongue, but that is not Wal-Marts problem, this was the producers of the movie. I am glad Wal-mart had this, we had to read the book and the movie and book are different, but it helped to understand some things. The book is just as complex and the moview. Wal Mart was great!!!!!

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peachespug
Pell City, Al
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Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
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Excellent Movie
5/12/2008

Customer review by Loda

5.0 stars 5/12/2008 by Loda
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I wanted this film for my library. Wal-Mart had an excellent price on it and the ship to store feature made ordering online a breeze. This is a film everyone will enjoy, its a gentle and thought provocking film.

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Loda
Cockeysville, MD
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Usage:A few times per year
Whales
6/2/2008

Customer review by Samyshopping

5.0 stars 6/2/2008 by Samyshopping
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The movie is excellent, and my daughter keeps on playing the movie over and over, everyone in the family seen it, and they all loved it. And by the way I like it that way to order, and pick up from the store.

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Samyshopping
Jersey City, NJ
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
topaz love of the ocean
3/20/2010

Customer review by topaz6teardrop43

5.0 stars 3/20/2010 by topaz6teardrop43
by topaz6teardrop43

I love watching Pikea ride the whale it shows the love of her family as well as for her ancestry

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topaz6teardrop43
Bellefontaine, Oh
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
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Gender:Female
Usage:Every few days
An excellent movie
2/4/2008

Customer review by LoveisaDecision

5.0 stars 2/4/2008 by LoveisaDecision
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This is a wonderful family movie. We recommend it, especially if you have girls.

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El Paso, TX
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Age:35 - 44
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Once per month

Customer Reviews | 7 reviews | 4.7 out of 5

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