The Legend of Johnny Lingo

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One day, a canoe carrying an infant boy washes up on the shores of a remote island. Hailed as a good omen, the boy, Tama (Joe Falou), is adopted by Malio (Rawiri Paratene), the island chief. Malio grooms Tama to be his successor, but a string of bad... read more

One day, a canoe carrying an infant boy washes up on the shores of a remote island. Hailed as a good omen, the boy, Tama (Joe Falou), is adopted by Malio (Rawiri Paratene), the island chief. Malio grooms Tama to be his successor, but a string of bad luck causes Malio to rethink his decision. Tama is passed from family to family until he winds up with Mahana (Kayte Ferguson) and her drunken father. When Tama eventually decides to leave the island, he vows to come back for Mahana, whom he loves.

Original Release

05/11/2004

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Directors

Steven Ramirez

Writers

Riwia Brown, John Garbett, Patricia McGerr

Cast

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
Esela Alo Young Man
Sela Apera Miriama's Mother
Christina Asher Ulani
Tungia Baker Turtle Island Grandmother
Teuila Blakely Natiti's Sister
Ross Duncan Writer
Taungaroa Emile Pua's Friend #1
Stephanie Erick Rewa

Producers

Tim Coddington Executive Producer
Brad Pelo Executive Producer
Gerald R. Molen Producer
John Garbett Producer

Editors

Steven Ramirez

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