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The Dark Horse

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Suitable for mature persons.

NOTE: Coarse language, mature themes, violence and drug use

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4.8 out of 5 stars Based on 44 Customer Ratings

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"Powerful, violent, challenging, but ultimately affirming."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Undoubtedly one of New Zealand's greatest films, this is a powerful story, based on actual events, centred around a troubled man – Genesis Potini – (played to perfection by Cliff Curtis) whose obsession with chess leads him to find to not only his own place to stand with pride and dignity in the face of debilitating mental illness but challenges and uplifts others as well. Yes, it is a world where there is violence and unbridled language but there is also a passion to help others and not succumb to intense pressures that ultimately de-humanise people. Chess may not be the ultimate answer to all problems but it is an unlikely way forward to hope for those (especially young people) who respond to Genesis' challenge.

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"Very Special"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

It is easy to see why Cliff Curtiss is now such a successful actor. His role along all of the other actors is masterfully enacted. Sad, funny and brutal, there are so many parts to this movie, and you certainly warm to the special characters portrayed. This IS real New Zealand, outstanding

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Brilliant"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Absolutely brilliant movie…

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The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse is a 2014 New Zealand drama film on DVD, directed by James Napier Robertson and starring Cliff Curtis.

The Dark Horse is an emotionally-charged and inspiring drama about a man who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities – finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children in his community.

Critic Reviews:

  • " The Dark Horse is a rough beauty of a picture. " – Michael Sragow
  • " Curtis is 100-per-cent watchable as a puffy, mumbling shuffler whose chess lessons double as life strategies. " – Brad Wheeler
  • " “Dark Horse” falls into the formula of underprivileged kids challenging the elites at their own game. But the outcome is never certain. " – Peter Keough
Release date Australia
December 10th, 2014
Number of Discs
1
Length (Minutes)
125
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Language
English
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Country of Production
  • New Zealand
Genre
  • Drama
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Original Release Year
2014
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9324915097384
All-time sales rank
Top 500
Product ID
22817977

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