Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors

DVD - 2003 | Widescreen version
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In a poor suburb of Auckland, Jake and Beth Heke live a life defined by drunken parties, unstable friendships, and confrontations with authorities. Jake, a complex man with a rascal's charm, is weighted down by a quick temper, alcoholism, and an evil streak of male entitlement. Beth's beauty has been scarred by broken dreams and Jake's beefy fists. Yet her inner strength and desire to save her family make her the solid center around which this story of tragedy and hope is constructed.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New Line Home Entertainment, 2003
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780780643383
Branch Call Number: DVD ONCE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 28, 2018

Powerful film a great but disturbing drama

Oct 03, 2017

If you enjoy watching sadists beat up smaller men, men beat their wives to mush then rape them, and watching uncles rape their nieces, you might like this movie. I did not. It may have a happy ending, but after the 12-year-old girl was raped by a 50-year-pld man, I turned it off.

Feb 07, 2015

A disturbing but insightful film dealing with dysfunction, family and domestic violence.

Imperialism has wrought so much destruction upon indigenous cultures in its vain quest for domination and wealth. That Almighty God has allowed this to occur so often is perplexing indeed----but that so many of the oppressed have jettisoned their honor to adopt the pervasive ways of their conquerors is free will run amok.

Poverty and despair dooms its victims into savagery....but we all have a choice between darkness and the light. Strong film.

Jan 31, 2015

"Once Were Warriors" opens with an idyllic landscape of clear blue water and lush green hills, but when the camera pans away we realize we’ve been watching a garish billboard overlooking a filthy slum. It’s this constant juxtaposition of the serene with the tragic which gives the film much of its strength. Tamahori’s brutal look at the effects of personal apathy and cultural anomie on a Maori community is nothing less than harrowing. The men, descended from the proud warriors of the title, have now adopted fist-fights, petty crime and drinking binges as their new rites of manhood while the women seem resigned to a life of domestic violence and poverty. Within this setting he offers us an intimate glimpse into the life of one specific family. While she suffers at the hands of her abusive husband, Beth is drawn to the memories of her culturally rich childhood. Her eldest daughter, on the other hand, looks to the future by writing stories based on Maori legends. With one son in a gang and another seized by social services it takes a horrible tragedy to jar Beth out of her helpless stupor... A powerful and demanding film.

Jan 24, 2011

this movie was the best movie ever because of how the story was told and played out. many people that are our polynesian culture can relate to somethings that happen in this movie. but also can see what it is like to live as one of our people and to see what basically we go threw. because to us everything that happens in this movie is true but were not ashamed of it either. everyone is different in there own different way and this movie just gives everybody a piece of our life style.

Jan 16, 2011

Once Were Warriors is a 5 star gem on my list. It is a gritty saga of Maoris living in poverty with traditional values replaced by degradation and abuse. This brutal scenario sinks to the absolute lowest level before those forsaken values are respected. Once Were Warriors is a film well worth watching from the wretched beginning to the powerful end.


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Oct 03, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: 50-yr-old man rapes 12-yr-old niece

Oct 03, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape

Oct 03, 2017

Violence: sadists beat people, men beat wives

Oct 03, 2017

Coarse Language: endless cussing


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Oct 03, 2017

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