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Once Were Warriors (1994)

Once Were Warriors
7.6 Rating
(137 ratings)
8 IMDB rating

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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


Written by
Riwia Brown

Riwia Brown

Alan Duff

Alan Duff

novel


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People with mana, pride; people with spirit.

5 years, 4 months ago at Dec 4 20:22
15 votes
''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

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9 months, 2 weeks ago at Jul 12 19:03
15 votes
This is a brilliant classic New Zealand film, about one families struggle with poverty and domestic violence. The movie stars Temuera Morrison as the father Jake (The Muss) Heke as the abusive leader of the family, who talks about Maori traditions while drinking at the local bar, and bringing violence home from himself and others. Temuera did a fantastic job as Jake, as did Rena Owen as Beth Heke ... read more
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Description: 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 Temu ... (more)
Release date: 3 March 1995
UPC: 794043637025
New Zealand (6), Maori (5), Drama (5), Rape (3), 1990s (3), Violence (3), Suicide (3), 1994 (3), Fight (2), Dysfunctional Family (2), Alienation (2), 1990's (1), Tattoos (1), Incest (1), NZ (1), Spiritual Cinema (1), Urban (1), Sort (1), Substance Abuse (1), SnP (1)
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