Bad Blood (1982 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mike Newell|
|Produced by||Andrew Brown|
|Music by||Richard Hartley|
|Distributed by||Umbrella Entertainment|
|Running time||105 minutes|
Bad Blood is a 1982 British-New Zealand thriller film set in the small West Coast town of Koiterangi (now Kowhitirangi), during World War II, and is based on the factual manhunt for mass-murderer Stanley Graham. The film was directed by English director Mike Newell who went on to direct Four Weddings and a Funeral. Much of the film was shot at the original locations. The script was based upon Manhunt: The Story of Stanley Graham, by H. A. Willis (Whitcoulls, 1979) and adapted by NZ-born Andrew Brown.
In October 1941, Stan Graham, a Westland smallholder, develops a persecution complex and starts to threaten his neighbours. They put up with it for awhile but things become intolerable. One day a party of four policemen arrive to confiscate his firearms. This causes a flashpoint for him - he loves his guns and is not going to hand them over. He shoots all the cops and, in the ensuing altercations, three more locals before heading to the hills. A manhunt composed of police, army and homeguard is organised and delivers Graham's come-uppance. Based upon a true event that happened around the present community of Kowhitirangi, out of Hokitika.
- Jack Thompson as Stan Graham
- Carol Burns as Dorothy Graham
- Denis Lill as Ted Best
- Martyn Sanderson as Les North
- Kelly Johnson as Jim Quirke
- Bruce Allpress as Inspector Calwell
Bad Blood was made for TV and screened in Britain in 1981, it was released in New Zealand on the 12 November 1982. It was released on DVD in May 2006 and again on the 16 September 2009. It was also released in the United Kingdom and limitedly in North America on 2 Oct. 2007.
Bad Blood received rave reviews in Britain and later in New Zealand. In New Zealand Bad Blood is consider a classic in New Zealand film, although consider risky when released it has since become a go to for Classics.
- * Bad Blood at AllMovieBad Blood at the Internet Movie Database
- Willis, H. A. (Howard Alan) (1979), Manhunt : the story of Stanley Graham, Whitcoulls, ISBN 978-0-7233-0629-0
- Willis, H. A. (Howard Alan) (1981), Bad blood : the story of Stanley Graham, Fontana/Collins, ISBN 978-0-00-634925-9
- "Bad Blood". nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
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