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Once Were Warriors ()


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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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Beth Heke
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Jake Heke
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Grace Heke
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Nig Heke
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Boogie Heke
Rachael Morris Jr. ...
Polly Heke
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Huata Heke
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Bully
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Dooley
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Bennett
Mere Boynton ...
Mavis
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Toot
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Taka (Gang Leader)
Ray Bishop ...
King Hitter (in pub)
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Judge
Te Whatanui Skipwith ...
Te Tupaea
Rangi Motu ...
Matawai
Robert Pollock ...
Policeman
Jessica Wilcox ...
Policewoman
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Prosecuting Officer
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Youth Advocate
Israel Williams ...
Male Youth #1
Johnathan Wiremu ...
Male Youth #2
Richard Meihana ...
Taunter in Court
Edna Stirling ...
Woman #1
Ngawai Simpson ...
Woman #2
Spike Kem ...
Old Drunk
Arona Rissetto ...
Nig's Friend
Fran Viveaere ...
Nig's Girlfriend
Brian Kairau ...
Joking Man Outside Pub (Jake's Mate)
Charlie Tumahai ...
Karaoke Singer
Tama Renata ...
Party Guitarist
Guy Moana ...
Evicted Partygoer / Pub Goer
Riwia Brown ...
Bully's Girl
Mac Hona ...
Core Gang Member
Percy Robinson ...
Core Gang Member
Jason Kerapa ...
Core Gang Member
Robbie Ngauma ...
Core Gang Member
Eddie Tongalahi ...
Core Gang Member
Sam Masters ...
Core Gang Member
Chris Mason ...
Core Gang Member
Marshall Kairau ...
Jake's Mate
Joseph Te Whiu ...
Jake's Mate
Jim Ngaata ...
Jake's Mate
David Rare ...
Jake's Mate
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Jake's Mate (as Donald Allen)
Charles Marsh ...
Jake's Mate
Winstone Bedgood ...
Jake's Mate
Piki Mark ...
Jake's Mate
Royal Waa ...
Jake's Mate
Jack Grace ...
Jake's Mate
Manuel Apiata ...
Jake's Mate
George Tiopira ...
Jake's Mate
Maru Nihoniho ...
Jake's Mate
Jaye Cassidy ...
Jake's Mate
Vivienne Wilson ...
Jake's Mate
Hiraina Kume ...
Jake's Mate
Thomasina Perana ...
Jake's Mate

Directed by

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Lee Tamahori

Written by

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Riwia Brown ... ()
 
Alan Duff ... (novel)

Produced by

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Robin Scholes ... producer

Music by

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Murray Grindlay
Murray McNabb

Cinematography by

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Stuart Dryburgh

Film Editing by

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Michael Horton

Editorial Department

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Lynne Reed ... color grader (as Lynne Seaman)
Chris Todd ... assistant to editor
Colin Tyler ... laboratory post-production liaison
Joe Fineman ... post-production consultant (uncredited)
Jim Garrow ... colorist: video mastering (uncredited)

Casting By

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Don Selwyn

Production Design by

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Michael Kane

Art Direction by

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Shayne Radford

Makeup Department

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Debra East ... makeup supervisor
Deirdre Haworth ... makeup assistant
Peter Underdown ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Neville How ... unit manager
Janet McIver ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robin Murphy ... second assistant director
Te Rangitawaea Reedy ... third assistant director
Chris Short ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Kerry Bos ... carpenter
Rob Callaghan ... art department assistant
James Dickson ... art department assistant
Adam Evensen ... art department assistant
Robert 'Wid' Gosne ... painter
Chris Halligan ... carpenter
Mike Harvey ... construction manager
Carey Johnson ... art department assistant
Gary Mackay ... model maker
Janet McEwan ... merchandise/cutter
Brad Mill ... props buyer / stand-by props
Guy Moana ... carvings and tattoo designer
Annette Patrick ... stand-by painter
Chris Peacock ... art department assistant
Inia Taylor ... design assistant

Sound Department

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Ray Beentjes ... sound editor
John Boswell ... assistant sound mixer
Annie Collins ... dialogue supervisor
Emma Haughton ... dialogue editor
Michael Hedges ... sound mixer
Helen Luttrell ... foley recordist
Graham Morris ... production sound mixer / sound recordist
Richard Morrison ... boom operator
John Neill ... sound manager / sound
Don Paulin ... sound editor
Kit Rollings ... sound designer
Sally Stopforth ... foley artist
Beth Tredray ... foley artist
John Van Der Ryden ... sound transfer

Special Effects by

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Richard Taylor ... prosthetics

Visual Effects by

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Brian Scadden ... opticals

Camera and Electrical Department

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David Alac ... lighting assistant
David 'Milky' Alec ... lighting assistant
Lee Allison ... clapper loader
Mark Archibald ... best boy
Kerry Brown ... still photographer
Rourke Crawford-Flett ... grip assistant
Richard Evans ... gaffer
Brian Harris ... key grip
Henare Mato ... lighting assistant
Dean Maxted ... grip assistant
Cameron McLean ... focus puller
Tony Pikari ... lighting assistant
Paul Samuels ... video split operator
Reiner Schoenbrum ... camera operator: rostrum camera
Ann Shelton ... additional still photographer

Casting Department

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Rivia Brown ... casting: Wellington
Andrea Curtis ... casting
Ema Walters ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Pauline Bowkett ... wardrobe supervisor
Liz McGregor ... wardrobe runner (as Elizabeth McGregor)
Gavin McLean ... stand-by wardrobe
Leslie Pohatu ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Peta Sinclair ... location manager

Music Department

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Hirini Melbourne ... consultant: Maori music

Other crew

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John Barnett ... consultant
Gavin Bradley ... titles
Rivia Brown ... assistant to director
Tom Burstall ... risk manager
Grant Campbell ... laboratory liaison
Neil Crichton ... projectionist
Toby Curtis ... consultant
Jane Denton ... production secretary
Te Ari Heta ... security officer
Ian Hunter ... cat wrangler
Ross Jennings ... script development
Tricia Lafferty ... production assistant
Setu Lio ... production runner
Reza Mokhtar ... catering assistant
Ted Morgan ... projectionist
Ian Mune ... script advisor
Murray Newey ... consultant
Carol Paewai ... production coordinator
Adrienne Peke ... chaperone
Karen Soich ... legal advisor
Rachel Stace ... publicist
Kepa Sterling ... choreographer
Sue Thompson ... production executive
Judtih Trye ... consultant
Mark Vette ... animal wrangler
Andy Wickens ... laboratory technician
Melissa Wikaire ... continuity

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Her only chance for the future is to embrace the power of her past. See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'âme des guerriers (France)
  • Die letzte Kriegerin (Germany)
  • Guerreros de antaño (Spain)
  • Once Were Warriors - Una volta erano guerrieri (Italy)
  • Tylko instynkt (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs When the scene of the guy singing karaoke in the bar right before Jake and Dooley walk in, the camera scans and you see an old guy among the people watching the singer and moving to the music, then you see the same old guy sitting at the bar when Jake and Dooley are discussing the guy who just beat up three other guys. He moved from one scene to the next within seconds. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Exotica/Heavyweights/The Wild Bunch/Once Were Warriors (1995). See more »
Crazy Credits Before the ending credits start, a giant 'END' covers the screen. See more »
Quotes Beth Heke: Our people once were warriors. But unlike you, Jake, they were people with mana, pride; people with spirit. If my spirit can survive living with you for eighteen years, then I can survive anything.
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