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Once Were Warriors (1994)

R | | Crime, Drama | 3 March 1995 (USA)
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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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)  »

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A Alma dos Guerreiros  »

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$2,201,126 (USA)
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Trivia

Living in South Auckland where a lot of the scenes were filmed. The pub was the first supermarket in New Zealand, in Great South Road., Otahuhu. In one shot you can see the block of flats on the other of the Tamaki River.

Next door is the pipe Grace walks across, also over the Tamaki river. Near the Heke house several large chimneys are visible which are at the Otahuhu Power Station. See more »

Goofs

The swallow tattoo on Rena Owen's breast disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Beth Heke: Got your period bub? Bound to make you a bit uptight eh!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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Great New Zealand film!!!
26 September 2002 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

OWW is a truly great film. However I feel that people have missed one of the main ideas of the film. That is the fact domestic violence is truly horrifying. And it doesn't just happen in Maori families, it happens all over the world! I am Maori myself and first saw this film at the theatres with a mostly Maori audience. It was very well recieved. I was surprised to read the commentary by Glamwog when she said all of her Maori friends hate it. Oh and by the way not all Maori are as depicted in the movie!

If you haven't seen this film, do yourself a favour...watch it.


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