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goodbye pork pie

New Zealand / 1981 / 105 min / DCP / Comedy

Director : Geoff Murphy

Script : Ian Mune, Geoff Murphy
Cinematography : Alun Bollinger
Editing : Michael Horton
Music : John Charles
Production : Nigel Hutchinson, Geoff Murphy

Cast : Tony Barry, Kelly Johnson, Bruno Lawrence, Claire Oberman

Local goon, Gerry, hires a yellow mini in Kaitaia using a stolen license. John's wife has just left him and moved to Invercargill. He is devastated and needs to talk to her. He has no transport and needs a ride. Together with the little mini that Gerry names "Pork Pie", they hit the road to travel the length of the country. Their high speed exploits earn them the name "the Blondini gang". The police, however take a dim view of this and make it their mission in life to stop the Blondini boys from reaching their destination. One of the biggest box office success in New Zealand. A true classic!


Geoff Murphy

He was born in 1938. He is a New Zealand producer, director and screenwriter best known for his work during the renaissance of New Zealand cinema that began in the last half of the 1970s. His second feature Goodbye Pork Pie (1981) was the first New Zealand film to win major commercial success on its own soil. He also directed in New Zealand Utu (1983), The Quiet Earth (1985, Never Say Die (1988). Murphy directed several Hollywood features during the 1990s including Young Guns II, Freejack, Fortress 2, before returning to New Zealand as second-unit director on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He directed in 2004 Spooked.


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