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
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Her only chance for the future is to embrace the power of her past.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for pervasive language and strong depiction of domestic abuse, including sexual violence and substance abuse
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Did You Know?
Film critic Roger Ebert said in a review of the film that in his opinion the acting in Once Were Warriors is so powerful, it puts the Academy Awards into perspective. See more
When Jake and Dooley walk up to the bar to buy their beer, you notice the young guy in leather pants and a group of guys standing behind him. When he turns from the bar and bumps in to one of the guys on purpose, they are different guys. See more
[after giving an obnoxious punk a beating
I was right... too much weights, not enough speedwork. Useless prick.
Most of the opening credits are either split in half, scattered in different areas of the screen, abnormally shaped or used in small white print. Some are even mixed. See more
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