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    Once Were Warriors

    The film chronicles the trials of a woman and her 16-year-old daughter, who provide the glue that holds the disintegrating Heke family together.
    Duration: 102 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1994
    IMDb: 7.9
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  • Actors of "Once Were Warriors"

  • Characters of "Once Were Warriors"

    Beth Heke. Character of Once Were Warriors
    Played by: Rena Owen
    Jake Heke. Character of Once Were Warriors
    Grace Heke. Character of Once Were Warriors
    Nig Heke. Character of Once Were Warriors
    Boogie Heke. Character of Once Were Warriors
    Polly Heke. Character of Once Were Warriors
    Huata Heke. Character of Once Were Warriors
    Played by: Joseph Kairau
    Mavis. Character of Once Were Warriors
    Played by: Mere Boynton
    Toot. Character of Once Were Warriors
  • Directors of "Once Were Warriors"

    Lee Tamahori. Director of Once Were Warriors
    Lee Tamahori
    Birthdate: 22 April 1950, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Creators of "Once Were Warriors"

    Riwia Brown. Director of Once Were Warriors
    Riwia Brown
    Alan Duff. Director of Once Were Warriors
    Alan Duff
  • Critic Reviews of "Once Were Warriors"

    New York Daily News
    February 21, 2017

    Once Were Warriors has more to say than the traditional TV-movie about spousal abuse. But some viewers will have to pay a price: This is a movie that requires strength and fortitude to sit through.

    Seattle Times
    February 21, 2017

    Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, who plays Grace, had never acted before, and neither have a couple of the other key players. But under the careful direction of television veteran Lee Tamahori, they all do credible and forceful work.

    Chicago Reader
    February 21, 2017

    A gritty, powerful first feature by Lee Tamahori.

    Chicago Tribune
    February 21, 2017

    The howling raging energy of the prize-winning New Zealand film Once Were Warriors rushes at you, hits you like a smack in the face.

    Entertainment Weekly
    September 07, 2011

    The violence in Once Were Warriors (Fine Line, R), a tumultuous domestic drama from New Zealand, erupts with terrifying suddenness.

    July 22, 2008

    The barren lives of members of an urban Maori family are rigorously exposed in this rugged and painful picture, based on Alan Duff's novel.

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    February 21, 2017

    Once Were Warriors is a savage and dismaying tale of a venerable culture in decay and a film difficult to recommend.

    Baltimore Sun
    February 21, 2017

    It's a fine, fierce and nearly unforgettable movie.

    TV Guide
    February 21, 2017

    There's little new here, but uniformly powerful performances (especially Owen's) give the tale unexpected power and depth.

    February 21, 2017

    Tamahori's direction is consistently sharp and the film showcases two immensely powerful performances by Morrison and Owen.

    Reel Film Reviews
    March 31, 2016

    The film isn't, ultimately, quite able to reach the heights attained by its star...

    December 23, 2006

    One of the most powerful, ultra-realistic dramas about domestic violence--As the battered wife, Rena Welson should have received a Best Actress nomination.

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