Has anyone seen Whale Rider?

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  1. Kim D

    Kim D Stunt Coordinator

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    I simply do not go to the movies theater. I wait for the DVD. However, I really want to see this movie. I don't see it playing anywhere in Chicago.

    Has anyone seen it?

    http://www.whaleriderthemovie.com/trailer/

    The plot summary on www.imdb.com:

    The legend is that Paikea rode on the back of a whale and led his people to New Zealand. Since that time traditon has decreed that the first-born male descendant will become chief of the tribe. Then Pai is born...and she is a girl. She grows up within a close-knit village which retains the tribes tradtional spiritual relationship with the sea and their warrior values. Although loved by all, Pai faces rejection from her grandfather who is brokenhearted that there is no grandson to carry on the line. But Pai is indeed blessed with the spiritual and leadership qualities of her ancestors and, in her own way, struggles in a male-dominated world to prove herself to her grandfather, the chief, and win his respect. Then the community is forced to come together in order to save a pod of whales that is stranded on its beach. Pai's spiritual affinity with the whales and her courage finally proves that she is the true leader of her people.....
     
  2. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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    If this was playing here, I'd go see it before any other film. Unfortunately, it seems to be in very limited release...and honestly, I'd have thought Chicago would've had it playing somewhere! If Chicago doesn't have it yet...yegads, what about us country folk?

    Bruce
     
  3. Kirk Tsai

    Kirk Tsai Screenwriter

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    I can't wait for this one, so I might have to make a drive over to Berkeley. Damn those Bay Bridge fees.
     
  4. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

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    I saw it at Tribeca.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    Good stuff!

    (How's THAT for a review??)
     
  5. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    One of the best films playing in theaters today. I haven't been to a single big-studio production this summer that I'd rank higher.

    M.
     
  6. Claire Panke

    Claire Panke Second Unit

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    Wow, that's very strange that Whale Rider isn't in Chicago - it's playing here in Indianapolis. In fact, it opened today.

    We almost always get a film after it's played Chicago. Perhaps there's a very limited number of prints????
     
  7. Edwin Pereyra

    Edwin Pereyra Producer

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    I just saw the trailer for this film. It certainly piqued my interest.

    ~Edwin
     
  8. Stephen_L

    Stephen_L Supporting Actor

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    Saw the film last night and it is excellent. The young actress playing the lead is amazing; at 12 years old she carries the entire picture with assurance and realism. I strongly recommend this film to anyone.
     
  9. Robert Crawford

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    I'm patiently waiting on this film to come to Metro Detroit.



    Crawdaddy
     
  10. Thi Them

    Thi Them Producer

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    It's playing in a lot of theaters around here.

    ~T
     
  11. Nick Sievers

    Nick Sievers Producer

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    It got a fairly wide release in Australia, if you get the chance don't miss it. Its an excellent little gem.
     
  12. Cary T

    Cary T Screenwriter

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    It's a good film with breath-taking scenery, but I didn't like it as much as most did. This is probably, I saw May ten minutes before Whale Rider. I love May [​IMG]
     
  13. Mark Pfeiffer

    Mark Pfeiffer Screenwriter

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    Terrific movie. I expect most HTFers will get the chance to see it over the next month. The release is starting to expand. Reviews, box office, and word-of-mouth have been strong. I'm certain those in Chicago will have plenty of opportunities to catch it.
     
  14. Gabe Oppenheim

    Gabe Oppenheim Stunt Coordinator

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    Whale Rider is most certainly playing in Chicago and the outlying area. Even if you aren't close to one of those theatres, it would be well worth the drive to see this wonderful film.

    The distributor seems to be aiming for a gradual platform release, so if you absolutely can't make it to one of those theatres, it will probably be playing at a lot more within a month or so.
     
  15. Claire Panke

    Claire Panke Second Unit

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    Gabe's right. I was in Chicago over the weekend and it's playing in *four* theaters in and around the windy city.

    Bruce, check the Reader or Trib - you got it.

    I'm supporting my local art house by seeing WR in Indy - we saw The Eyes in CHicago instead (recommended).
     
  16. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    I have refrained from posting because it's unfair: This extremely well-reviewed film is playing at a number of locations here in Southern California. Making a rare commercial-theater foray soon.
     
  17. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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  18. Ross Williams

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    Saw it at Seattle Film Festival. It was my favorite of the fest, along with everybody else's, it won the audience choice award. Which it also did at Sundance and Toronto and quite a few others.

    It's a really great film. It's very formulaic, you know where it's going the whole time. But it's such a wonderful story that you don't care, and the performances are so outstanding that it all seems real. The lead girl is incredible.

    I imagine this will be a decent cross-over hit once it starts playing more theaters.
     
  19. Henry Gale

    Henry Gale Producer

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    Took the nine-year-old girl and her mother. I was sure they and I would love it. The girl was very negative beforehand, "I want to see Rugrats, I don't like whales."
    Whale Rider exceeded my expectations. On so many levels it was a real pleasure.
    And afterward the girl thanked me. [​IMG]
     
  20. Sergio Z.

    Sergio Z. Stunt Coordinator

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    Great movie! Saw it this past Saturday in Oak Brook.
    The girl was amazing!
     

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