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Bad Blood (1983)

Jack Thompson , Carol Burns , Mike Newell  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jack Thompson, Carol Burns, Denis Lill, Donna Akersten, Martyn Sanderson
  • Directors: Mike Newell
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002O137IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bad Blood" on IMDb

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"Bad Blood" is one of the most hauntingly dramatic depictions of a real-life human tragedy ever made. Set in New Zealand in 1938, "Bad Blood" tells the story of Stanley Graham and his wife Dorothy. They're outcasts in the small village community because of their rude and asocial behavior and the accumulation of financial problems slowly drives them to insanity. Stanley nearly has to go to prison for refusing to turn in his riffles and the woeful regards of the townsfolk become more and more hostile when the Grahams accuse them of poisoning their cattle. October 8, 1941, Graham started a killing spree that took the lives of seven men, sparking one of the most bizarre manhunts in history. With the help of more than 100 police and army personnel, the search for Graham lasted for 12 days, with orders to shoot on sight if they found Graham still armed. Product Specs: DVD5: Dolby Digital Mono: 105 minutes: Color: Aspect Rato: 1.85:1 - 16x9: MPAA - NR: Year - 1986: SRP - $19.99.

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From British director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, The Awakening, Photographing Fairies, High Fidelity) comes this British-New Zealand co-production made in 1981. It features the career-best performances of Australian actors Jack Thompson and little-known but riveting-to-watch Carol Burns.

The film tells the true story of the the 12-day manhunt for mass murderer Stan Graham in the beautiful, wild and remote west coast of the South island of New Zealand in the middle of the Second World War after Graham shot dead seven men after he refused to hand over his prized .303 rifle to local authorities.

Thompson (The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Oyster Farmer, Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Broken Arrow, The Sum of Us, Sunday Too Far Away, Breaker Morant, Caddie, Petersen, The Club, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) is outstanding as the paranoid loner Graham.

Burns is frightening as Stan Graham's Lady MacBeth-like wife Dorothy who encourages Graham fight back against the perceived injustices and abuse they have faced on their tiny farm on the isolated wilderness of the wet and cold New Zealand west coast.

The film opens with the stunning beauty of the region shattered by rifle fire as the local Home Guard unit prepares to defend this pocket of New Zealand from invasion in the darkest period of the Second World War. The year is 1941 and the war paranoia has affected everyone. But the gun culture of the tiny farming community of Koiterangi is set to explode when Graham's mind is pushed to far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great performances of the 1980s July 19, 2006
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Before Lord of the Rings came along, most New Zealand films acted as keep out notices to tourists: Utu, Shaker Run, Goodbye Pork Pie, Tongan Ninja all paint it as either constantly raining or just about to. Bad Blood is no exception - it's all too easy to see why the place drives Jack Thompson's grouchy and paranoid farmer mad enough to kill several policemen when they come to take his gun for the war effort in this true story about New Zealand's biggest manhunt back in 1942. Almost completely forgotten and barely seen even on its first release in 1981, it's a powerful and convincing drama that's more concerned with character than action.

There's always a tendency to romanticize in this kind of film, but this makes no excuses and presents its pair of well-matched outsiders as pathetic but human - these are the kind of unglamorous, none too bright people most Bonnie and Clydes are rather than the movie image, probably the reason the film was so little seen. Thompson's Stan Graham isn't demonised or caricatured: while he's unable to cope with outsiders, he's genuinely happy when left alone with his family (there's a beautiful scene where he and his wife dance to the faintly heard music of a dance across the road). It's a remarkable performance from Thompson, easily one of the best of its decade, resisting any temptation to go over the top or add bluster to the role, instead opting for restraint and confusion and misdirected anger, and he's well matched by Carol Burns as his equally unstable wife.

Well worth making the effort to track down, this only appears to be available on an Australian DVD that comes with a brief interview with Thompson at the moment.
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From British director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, The Awakening, Photographing Fairies, High Fidelity) comes this British-New Zealand co-production made in 1981. It features the career-best performances of Australian actors Jack Thompson and little-known but riveting-to-watch Carol Burns.

The film tells the true story of the the 12-day manhunt for mass murderer Stan Graham in the beautiful, wild and remote west coast of the South island of New Zealand in the middle of the Second World War after Graham shot dead seven men after he refused to hand over his prized .303 rifle to local authorities.

Thompson (The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Oyster Farmer, Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Broken Arrow, The Sum of Us, Sunday Too Far Away, Breaker Morant, Caddie, Petersen, The Club, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) is outstanding as the paranoid loner Graham.

Burns is frightening as Stan Graham's Lady MacBeth-like wife Dorothy who encourages Graham fight back against the perceived injustices and abuse they have faced on their tiny farm on the isolated wilderness of the wet and cold New Zealand west coast.

The film opens with the stunning beauty of the region shattered by rifle fire as the local Home Guard unit prepares to defend this pocket of New Zealand from invasion in the darkest period of the Second World War. The year is 1941 and the war paranoia has affected everyone. But the gun culture of the tiny farming community of Koiterangi is set to explode when Graham's mind is pushed to far.
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