The Legend of Johnny Lingo

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The Legend of Johnny Lingo
Directed by Steven Ramirez
Produced by John Garbett
Gerald R. Molen
Written by Riwia Brown
John Garbett
Starring George Henare
Rawiri Paratene
Joe Folau
Music by Kevin Kiner
Cinematography Allen Guilford
Edited by Steven Ramirez
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
Release date
August 29, 2003
Running time
92 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English

The Legend of Johnny Lingo is a 2003 film set in Polynesia and directed by Steven Ramirez. It is an extension of the 1969 short film Johnny Lingo that is based on a story by Patricia McGerr.


Orphan boy named Tama bounced around between families and getting into trouble. He became friends with a girl named Mahana who is considered ugly by the villagers. Even though she is ugly and ill treated by her father and the people around her, she remained kind and good. One day, the boy planned to explore and promised to mahana that he will come back. Everyday from the day of the departure of Tama, Mahana will wait at the shore looking for her friend's arrival. The boy drift ashore and was found by Johnny Lingo. He was given work by Johnny Lingo and found ways to make his work easier. He invented some simple machines that will help him finish his work faster yet efficient. Ten years has passed and the adopter of the Tama, Johnny Lingo, is about to die. The adopter of the boy gave his name, Johnny Lingo to him. As a new Johnny Lingo, Tama decided to comeback to the island where he left a girl named Mahana. When he arrived, he was well received and asked that every maiden would be shown that night so that he can choose his bride among them. When the night came, all arrived except for mahana whom he made his promise. He went to see her in their house but was rejected by Mahana. The new Johnny Lingo asked the hand of mahana from her father, the latter Agreed if he will give him three chickens as dowry of Mahana. The new Johnny Lingo, however offered ten cows for the hand of Mahana. The father of mahana agreed but mahana is furious and slapped the new johnny lingo. Mahana noticed the arm of the man and recognized in his arm the bracelet that she gave to a boy who promised to comeback for her. The new Johnny Lingo apologized and Mahana accepted it. She is curious though of why ten cows. Tama told her that its is the payment for every year he failed to fulfill his promise. Mahana went with Tama back to the place where he lives as Johnny Lingo. Then they lived happily as a married couple.


  • George Henare - Johnny Lingo
  • Rawiri Paratene - Malio Chief
  • Joe Folau - Tama
  • Alvin Fitisemanu - Chief Steward
  • Kayte Ferguson - Mahana
  • Peter Sa'ena-Brown - Miriama's Father
  • Hori Ahipene - Pioi
  • Jim Perry - Malio Elder
  • Sima Urale - Hoku
  • Goeretti Chadwick - Malio Seductress
  • Tausani Simei-Barton - Young Tama
  • Fokikovi Soakimi - Young Mahana

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