Once Were Warriors (1994)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama

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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.




  • Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen in Once Were Warriors (1994)
  • Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell in Once Were Warriors (1994)
  • Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen in Once Were Warriors (1994)
  • Julian Arahanga in Once Were Warriors (1994)
  • Once Were Warriors (1994)
  • Rena Owen in Once Were Warriors (1994)

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18 September 2003 | =G=
| A great film
"Once Were Warriors" tells of one woman's struggle to free herself and her family from the fist of abuse, the grip of oppression, and the slow assassination of self esteem at the hands of an alcoholic husband. This film's story of a Maori (indigenous New Zealanders) underclass family shows the male turning to violence and self destruction to vent frustration with his plight while the female draws strength from her cultural heritage in an attempt to save her children and restore their dignity. Gripping, intense, and powerful, "Once Were Warriors" is a critically acclaimed must see for anyone into serious human drama. (A)

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