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Bad Blood (1981 film)

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Bad Blood
Bad Blood Film 1981 Poster.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byMike Newell
Produced byAndrew Brown
Music byRichard Hartley
CinematographyGary Hansen
Southern Pictures
Distributed byUmbrella Entertainment
Release date
  • 1981 (1981) (United Kingdom)
  • 25 May 1982 (1982-05-25) (Cannes)
  • 14 April 1983 (1983-04-14) (Australia)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryNew Zealand
United Kingdom

Bad Blood is a 1981[2] British-New Zealand thriller film set during World War II in the small town of Koiterangi (now Kowhitirangi) on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand, 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.[3] The script was based upon Manhunt: The Story of Stanley Graham, by H. A. Willis (Whitcoulls, 1979) and adapted by New Zealand-born Andrew Brown.[4][5][6][7]


In October 1941 Stan Graham, a Westland smallholder, develops a persecution complex and starts to threaten his neighbours, in which he is encouraged by his wife. He then refuses to conform to a government order for all citizens to surrender their firearms for the duration of the war. Eventually a party of four policemen arrive to confiscate his firearms, which causes a flashpoint for Graham. With the help of his wife who shoots and injures one of them, Graham shoots and kills all the policemen and, in the ensuing altercations, three locals also. Shot and injured himself, Graham then heads into the surrounding forest. A manhunt is organised, involving police, army and local home guard members, and finally they track him down.



Bad Blood was originally made for TV and screened in Britain in 1981.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 16 September 2009. It was also released in the United Kingdom and in North America on 2 October 2007.


Bad Blood received rave reviews in Britain and later in New Zealand. Although considered risky when released, Bad Blood is now regarded as a New Zealand film classic.


  1. ^ BRITISH PRODUCTION 1981 Moses, Antoinette. Sight and Sound; London Vol. 51, Iss. 4, (Fall 1982): 258.
  2. ^
  3. ^ * Bad Blood at AllMovieBad Blood on IMDb
  4. ^ Willis, H. A. (Howard Alan) (1979), Manhunt : the story of Stanley Graham, Whitcoulls, ISBN 978-0-7233-0629-0
  5. ^ Willis, H. A. (Howard Alan) (1981), Bad blood : the story of Stanley Graham, Fontana/Collins, ISBN 978-0-00-634925-9
  6. ^ "Bad Blood". Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Bad Blood for the hero of Breaker". The Australian Women's Weekly. 4 March 1981. p. 150 Supplement: TV WORLD. Retrieved 21 September 2015 – via National Library of Australia.

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