Once Were Warriors 1994

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.
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Moderate violence, Coarse language, Adult themes

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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 its almost too late.

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102mins

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  • Wow, what a brilliant movie! So much better than I expected! Sad and very moving in every part. Definitely worth seeing to get an idea of how Maori life has been destroyed by white man's civilization.

  • I did not watch very much of this film so it is probably unfair to review but had to abandon because of the violence. I got the gist of the story and found it too confronting.

  • This was a vety confronting movie about domestic violoence which can happen in all walks of life. I was drqwn into all the family members that were dealing wih the conflict.Even though the story was depressing I was encouraged by the hopeful end when the woman had the courage to leave her husband, The acting was brillaiant by all cast members.This was not a movie I would have chosen but was one my daughter had to watch for Film Stuidies at university

  • Extremely violent and depressing depiction of Maori life. Maybe reality but harrowing to watch.

  • is there another movie to this one?

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