Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors (1994)

1994 102 Min Rating: 7.9 / 10

Country: New Zealand

Genres: Action,Crime,Drama

Directors: Lee Tamahori

Writers: Riwia Brown, Alan Duff (novel)


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.

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... Beth Heke

... Jake Heke

... Grace Heke

... Nig Heke

... Mark 'Boogie' Heke

... Polly Heke

... Huata Heke

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