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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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22 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Beth Heke
... Jake Heke
... Grace Heke
... Nig Heke
... Boogie Heke
Rachael Morris Jr. ... Polly Heke
... Huata Heke
... Bully
... Dooley
... Bennett
Mere Boynton ... Mavis
... Toot
... Taka (Gang Leader)
Ray Bishop ... King Hitter (in pub)
... Judge
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Gross USA:

$2,201,126
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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

When Beth is being beaten by Jake at the start of the film she is thrown into a mirror which shatters completely. Later when the children are cleaning up the mess the mirror is back on the wall with only a few cracks. See more »

Quotes

Boogie: Let me go you black bastard!
Te Tupaea: We are the same color, BOY!
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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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Referenced in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Lost & Found (2010) See more »

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Gut-wrenching
5 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most powerful and realistic movies I have ever seen.

A true modern-day tragedy, this movie shows the negative aspects of one indigenous culture in today's society. This is a very important movie as it forces you to look at issues that some have to live with on a daily basis.

This movie literally left me feeling sick in the stomach. Particularly with the knowledge that there are families out there living through this. The performance by Temuera Morrison was incredible.


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