• Film

Once Were Warriors


Time Out says

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.

Release Details

  • 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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