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Once Were Warriors (1994)

R  |   |  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

Rena Owen coveted the role of Beth for three years after she read the novel by Alan Duff. She caught the attention of Duff at a book reading in Wellington, of one of Duff's other novels. Duff initially ignored her, but then was so captivated by her reading that he approached her and told her she would be ideal for the role of Beth. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scenes, Beth Heke is walking past the yard where some men are working out with weights. One man is "spotting" the other man who is doing bench-presses. As the camera changes angles, the man who is spotting changes from spotting with his palms facing down to actually doing "curls" with the bar that the other man is pressing up and down. Each time there is a change in the camera angle, his grip on the bar goes back and forth from palms-up/curling to palms-down/shoulder shrugs. This happens several times. See more »

Quotes

Jake Heke: I'll kill you first!
Beth Heke: Well go on, do it! You're still a slave Jake. To your fists. To the drink. To yourself. Well go on - kill the bloody lot of us!
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Crazy Credits

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

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brutal & compelling
12 February 2003 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

One of the best films of the 1990's, a brutal, brilliant & compelling film from New Zealand. Brilliant performances from Morrison, Owen & Kerr-Bell as Gracie. Morrison as Jake is one of film's most fearsome characters, full of true anger & hate but by no means a one-dimensional character. As see the characteristics that made Beth fall in love with him in the first place, the passion, the charisma. A great script based on the novel of the same name. A must see 10/10


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