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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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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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A family in crisis, a life in chaos... Nothing is more powerful than a mother's love. 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

Temuera Morrison fought hard to keep the role once it was offered to him, even though he struggled to master it. He knew that the role was a huge challenge and that it would be the making of him as an actor. 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 »

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Mavis: You know the rules - keep your mouth shut and your legs open!
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Before the ending credits start, a giant 'END' covers the screen. See more »

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Featured in Getaway: Episode #16.35 (2007) 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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