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Once Were Warriors (1994)

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Rena Owen Rena Owen
Beth Heke
Temuera Morrison Temuera Morrison
Jake Heke
Julian Arahanga Julian Arahanga
Nig Heke
Taungaroa Emile Taungaroa Emile
Boogie Heke
Rachael Morris Jr. Rachael Morris Jr.
Polly Heke
Joseph Kairau Joseph Kairau
Huata Heke
Cliff Curtis Cliff Curtis

Written by
Riwia Brown Riwia Brown
Alan Duff Alan Duff


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People with mana, pride; people with spirit.

8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 4 20:22
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''Our people once were warriors. But unlike you, Jake, they were people with mana, pride; people with spirit. If my spirit can survive living with you for eighteen years, then I can survive anything.''

A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.

Rena Owen: Beth Heke

''I... read more

A very good movie

2 years, 10 months ago at Aug 24 21:29
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I wonder if a lot of people remember this movie but, somehow, it seems pretty much forgotten which is quite a shame. Indeed, when it was released, it was a big critical success and launched the once promising career of Lee Tamahori. Back then, I was very young when I saw it and I was definitely impressed. Basically, you don’t get to watch many movies about the Maoris and even though this one was... read more
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Once Were Warriors is a 1994 film based on New Zealand author Alan Duff's bestselling 1990 first novel. The film tells the story of an urban Māori family the Hekes and their problems with poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence, mostly brought on by family patriarch Jake. It was directed by Lee Tamahori and stars Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison.
Release date: 3 March 1995
UPC: 794043637025
Tags: New Zealand (6), Maori (5), Drama (5), 1994 (4), 1990s (3), Rape (3), Violence (3), Suicide (3), 1990's (2), Alienation (2), Dysfunctional Family (2), Fight (2), Substance Abuse (1), Incest (1), Urban (1), Auckland (1), SnP (1), Alcoholism (1), Sort (1), Spiritual Cinema (1)
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