Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors (1994)

A family in crisis, a life in chaos... Nothing is more powerful than a mother's love.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1994-09-02
  • User Rating: 7.3/10 from 405 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Avalon Studios
  • Production Country: New Zealand
  • Director: Lee Tamahori
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From 405 Ratings


A drama about a Maori family living 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.

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  • Rena Owen

    as Beth Heke
  • Temuera Morrison

    as Jake Heke
  • Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell

    as Grace Heke
  • Julian Arahanga

    as Nig Heke
  • Taungaroa Emile

    as Mark 'Boogie' Heke
  • Rachael Morris Jr.

    as Polly Heke
  • Joseph Kairau

    as Huata Heke
  • Cliff Curtis

    as Bully
  • Pete Smith

    as Dooley
  • George Henare

    as Bennett
  • Mere Boynton

    as Mavis
  • Shannon Williams

    as Toot
  • Calvin Tuteao

    as Taka
  • Ray Bishop

    as King Hitter
  • Ian Mune

    as Judge
  • Robert Pollock

    as Policeman
Writing Riwia Brown Screenplay
Sound Murray Grindlay Original Music Composer
Sound Murray McNabb Original Music Composer
Production Don Selwyn Casting
Art Michael Kane Set Designer
Production Robin Scholes Producer
Camera Stuart Dryburgh Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Debra East Makeup Artist
Editing Michael Horton Editor
Directing Lee Tamahori Director
Costume & Make-Up Deirdre Haworth Makeup Artist
Writing Alan Duff Author
Sound Ray Beentjes Sound Designer