Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors

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Average of 4721 ratings: 3.8 Stars

1994 M Contains violence, coarse language & adult themes.

Her only chance for the future is to embrace the power of her past.

Based on Alan Duff's controversial best-seller, ONCE WERE WARRIORS is an intense powerhouse film that will leave you stunned by its uncompromising insight into the strength of one woman who has to save her children from the man she loves.

Eighteen years after Jake (Temuera Morrison) and Beth (Rena Owen) married, it's easy to see why she found him so irresistible. Jake is muscular and handsome. He exudes an explosive sexual energy. Even now, after five children, he can still arouse her with one look. But Jake too often proves his masculinity with his fists. He regularly explodes into violence that threatens to destroy Beth and their family - till it's almost too late.

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102 minutes
1994 New Zealand Film And TV Awards
Best Film
Best Supporting Actress
Best Director: Lee Tamahori

DVD details

Screen Format
1.78:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English for the hearing impaired
English & Maori Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray details

Screen Format
1080p High Definition Widescreen 16x9 1.78:1
English for the hearing impaired
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Dolby Digital 5.1

21 Member Reviews Write a review

5 by Mark_S

Having just arrived in NZ, I was told that this was a film to watch as part of my 'rites of passage'. having been told that it was a difficult story, I was not looking forward to it and had the DVD... Read more

2 by fatcop666

I am a New Zealander, and it is funny because at 23 it is my first time watching, and I was horrified by this movie.

The worst thing, is the giant "New Zealand film commission" screen that appears... Read more

5 by Muaupoko

This is a classic. Even in countries that don't even know a lot about NZ, know about Once Were Warriors. What can I review about this, 90% of New Zealanders have seen this movie.

5 by On2it

Being a kiwi myself the reality of this movie is amazing. Very much an insight to the tragedies of some of the lower socio-economic Maori population (having been watched by many of those who this story... Read more

1 by Kiwi Mac

One of the worst films I have ever had to sit through.

5 by Simon

The film is equally moving and appalling, I had watched it in the UK on the advice of a Kiwi mate, since being here a number of friends asked if I had seen it because they grew up like that, watched... Read more

5 by La6

The first time I saw this movie a few years ago I was terribly affected by it. This time knowing what was going to happen i could concentrate on the sheer brilliance of the movie and especially the actors. A disturbing meaningful movie.

3.5 by lcmojo

Recommended by a Maori acquaintance..........interesting and not a disappointing story about real life in NZ. A little tough to watch that violence really happens like that. Likely has happened a... Read more

5 by johno17

A fantasticly well acted film, such a powerful story, it had my wife in tears a number of times. A true classic.

4 by Flingo

Strong film with a difficult story to tackle but it has been done very well. It made me angry, it made me cry, it made me really stop and think. The actors who portrayed all of the children were incredible... Read more