A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.

  1. Alan Duff


  2. Riwia Brown


  3. Lee Tamahori


Top Billed Cast

  1. Rena Owen

    Rena Owen

    Beth Heke

  2. Temuera Morrison

    Temuera Morrison

    Jake Heke

  3. Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell

    Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell

    Grace Heke

  4. Julian Arahanga

    Julian Arahanga

    Nig Heke

  5. Taungaroa Emile

    Taungaroa Emile

    Mark 'Boogie' Heke

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Status Released

Release Information

  • September 14, 1995


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 39m

Budget -

Revenue $2,201,126.00



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