Once Were Warriors

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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

  6. RM

    Rachael Morris Jr.

    Polly Heke

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 39m

Budget -

Revenue $2,201,126.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • September 14, 1995
    R, Theatrical



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