Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Synopsis: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Director(s): Taika Waititi
Production: Piki Films
  20 wins & 25 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

Here I come!

Here I come.

Mrs Faulkner?

Yes. Bella Faulkner.

Bella, Paula Hall from Child Welfare

Services. This is Ricky Baker.

Ricky Baker. Yes.

Oh, here you are.


Ricky, I'm Bella. Uh, you can call

me Bella, or Auntie, if you like,

even though I'm not your real auntie.

But, you know, it's

a bit less formal.

Whoo. You're a big fella!

Who ate the guy who

ate all the pies, eh?


Well, he's nice.

Yeah. Now, uh, obviously we've got a

couple of things to talk through, Bella.

Clearly you've been briefed about his, uh,

background and also his foster care history.

Apparently he's a bit of

a handful, a real bad egg.

I mean, if you look at his file,

you'll see that for yourself.

We're talking disobedience,

stealing, spitting, running away,

throwing rocks, kicking stuff, defacing

stuff, burning stuff, loitering and graffiti.

And that's just the

stuff we know about.

But hopefully, uh, change in scene

will help straighten him out.

He's home now. He'll be OK.

OK. Well, I like your

enthusiasm. Good.

Ricky, this is your new home.

A real piece of work, this one.


There's no one else

who wants you, OK?

Now, Ricky, you know what the

alternative is, don't you? Eh?

Think you can make it work?

'Course we can. We'll make it work.

Move. Move it. Move!

Yeah. I've been in

this game a long time.

"No child left behind" is our motto. Well,

it's not, you know, the official motto,

but it's definitely mine.

Also, as part of the transition process,

I'll be needing to inspect your property,

just to make sure that it's

up to our high standard.

Looks fine. What do you think,

Constable Tappert?


Yeah, it looks cool.

Yeah. We'll be coming in every eight

weeks or so, just to check in on, uh...

Who's that Crocodile Dundee

guy over there?

Oh, that's my husband, Hector.

Whoa. He's giving

that pig a piggyback.

Well, I see he has a rifle.

Just keep it away from this little guy.

God knows what he's capable of.

OK, he's all yours. No returns.

Oh, I'm just joking.

OK. You've got my number, so just, uh,

ring me if you've got any trouble. OK?

Bye, Ricky.

Wow, what a shocker, eh

OK, let's go, Andy.

Ricky, this is Hec. You can

call him Uncle, if you like.

No, he can't.

What do you want to do?

Are you hungry?

That's a silly question,

isn't it? Look at you.


You ever worked on a farm before

or you just... ornamental?

Hec. Just remember when we first met,

you weren't much good to anyone.

Just a scruffy white drifter who

smelled like methylated spirits.


Eh? What's that, dear?



Jeez, Hec. You bloody idiot.



Buddy? Are you OK?

Sorry about Hec. He's a

silly old goat, that's all.

OK, well, I hope you

like your room, petal.

They said you liked to read, so

I got a bunch of books for you,

and you'll also notice an Indian lamp,

a bulldog lamp, and some cats,

and a nice sharp knife to

kill monsters in the night.

I can't imagine what you've been through,

boy. You know, I can't imagine it was easy.

But you're here now.

This is home.

Anyway, it's really nice to have

you here, and I left a hottie in your bed.

We'll see you in the morning.


OK, Ricky?


Nigh-night, then.

See you in the morning.

Jeez, boy, it's a miracle we found you

You made it all of 200m.

I was just taking a break.

Hec's cooking breakfast.

Eggs, bacon, a few sossies

on the side,... pancakes.

Come on. Have some breakfast,

then you can run away.

Oh man. I got poop on my kicks.

Go away, insect!

Good pancake.

So, what's your dog's name?


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Taika Waititi

Taika David Waititi ( ( listen); born 16 August 1975) is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter, actor, and comedian. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 short film Two Cars, One Night. His feature films Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) have each been the top-grossing New Zealand film, with the latter still holding that title as of 2018. He co-directed the horror comedy film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) with Jemaine Clement, which brought him further critical acclaim and recognition. Waititi later directed the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Thor: Ragnarok (2017), which received critical acclaim. more…

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