When the heir to a tribe dies, his twin sister is left to be raised by her grandparents. Her grandfather refuses to believe she can be a leader of the tribe. She prepares for the ultimate sacrifice to save her people and becomes the Whale Rider.
Grandparent and child
-- New Zealand
Whales -- Drama.
Chiefdoms -- New Zealand -- Whangarei -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Culver City, Calif. :Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment,2003
|Other Titles|| Whale rider.
Barnett, John, 1945-
Caro, Niki, 1967-
Castle-Hughes, Keisha, 1990-
Curtis, Cliff, 1968-
Roa, Grant, 1974-
Coulson, David, 1948-
Ihimaera, Witi, 1944- Whale rider.
South Pacific Pictures (Firm)
Pandora Film (Firm)
New Zealand Film Production Fund.
New Zealand Film Commission.
NZ On Air.
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm)
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House.
Director of photography, Leon Narbey ; editor, David Coulson ; music, Lisa Gerrard ; costume designer, Kirsty Cameron ; production designer, Grant Major.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief language and a momentary drug reference.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.
Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera.
Special features: behind-the-scenes featurette; filmmaker's commentary; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; soundtrack showcase.
DVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital.
DVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital; widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.35:1)
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2003: Audience Award Best - Narrative Feature (Niki Caro).
1 DVD (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.