Once Were Warriors

An emotionally raw, visually stylish first feature, with the intensity of the best social melodrama, about the indomitable spirit of battered Maori wife Beth Heke (Owen) as she struggles to hold together her disintegrating family. Husband Jake (Morrison) is a violent yet charismatic bully, the sullen eldest son is already a gang member, the youngest is in care, and only gifted daughter Grace (Kerr-Bell) offers hope for the future. A gritty human drama evoking the residual vibrancy of a threatened culture.

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Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Lee Tamahori
Screenwriter: Riwai Brown
Cast: Rena Owen
Temuera Morrison
Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell
Julian Arahanga
Taungaroa Emile
Rachel Morris Jr
Joseph Kairau
Clifford Curtis
Pete Smith

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yduric

A really powerful film, whose subject matter is treated with great great straightforwardness and accuracy. It is, moreover, carried by excellent performances. A definite must-see.

yduric

A really powerful film, whose subject matter is treated with great great straightforwardness and accuracy. It is, moreover, carried by excellent performances. A definite must-see.