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Once Were Warriors (1994)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  3 March 1995 (USA)
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A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.

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Storyline

Set in urban Auckland (New Zealand) this movie tells the story of the Heke family. Jake Heke is a violent man who beats his wife frequently when drunk, and yet obviously loves both her and his family. The movie follows a period of several weeks in the family's life showing Jake's frequent outburst of violence and the effect that this has on his family. The youngest son is in trouble with the police and may be put into a foster home while the elder son is about to join a street gang. Jake's daughter has her own serious problems which are a key element in the plot. Written by Chris Maslin <maslinc@cad.canterbury.ac.nz>

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Her only chance for the future is to embrace the power of her past. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language and strong depiction of domestic abuse, including sexual violence and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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3 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Alma dos Guerreiros  »

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$2,201,126 (USA)
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Trivia

Temuera Morrison has commented that he did not expect the film to be a hit. He couldn't contemplate how anyone would want to watch a film containing such violence. See more »

Goofs

After she has read Grace's journal, Beth gets up and tells Toot to put the kids in the car. What car? The Hekes don't have a car. They had to hire a car to go for a day trip to see Boogie, and presumably that has been returned by now. See more »

Quotes

[after giving an obnoxious punk a beating]
Jake Heke: I was right... too much weights, not enough speedwork. Useless prick.
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Crazy Credits

Before the ending credits start, a giant 'END' covers the screen. See more »

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Followed by What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999) See more »

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A True Pot of Emotions
6 August 2004 | by (Dededo, Guam) – See all my reviews

This movie is based on a modern day New Zealand family, dealing with near poverty and violence from all sides, including the often inebriated father.

The acting in this movie was just plain amazing. I was hooked from beginning to end, entranced with the wide range of feelings and emotions the movie evoked in me.

You will cry, laugh, sing, and rage right along with the characters, and you will find it hard not to restart the movie just to watch it again.

This is just one of the few movies that stayed with me all these years, since first seeing it back in 1995. I will never forget this movie, and if you watch it, I can guarantee that neither will you.


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