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Encyclopedia > Utu (movie)

Utu is a 1983 New Zealand movie directed by Geoff Murphy.


Loosely based on events from Te Kooti's War it tells of a Maori soldier's revenge on his former allies after the British army destroys his home village.


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VH1.com : Movies : Movie : Utu : Plot (219 words)
Utu is the Maori word for "Retribution," which sums up the chief motivating factor of this New Zealand-produced drama.
Since it is the scout's own village, he deserts the British army, the better to seek "utu." Leading a vigilante force consisting of his fellow Maoris, Wallace kills as many British settlers as he can get his hands on.
The most expensive New Zealand-filmed project to date, Utu was an enormous success upon its first domestic release; the American version runs some 15 minutes shorter than the original.
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