• 77%
    194 votes
  • Rate this movie
    What did you think?

Once Were Warriors 1994

  • Lee Tamahori
  • September 14, 1995
  • 99 mins
  • English
  • Drama
A family in crisis, a life in chaos... Nothing is more powerful than a mother's love.
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.


All 3 Comments

This is a film that should be seen by everyone. A powerful movie that will stir almost every emotion you can think of, and sometimes all at once. Completely believable and compelling film that will hold you till the very end, and a long time after.

loading replies

I have seen this movie too many times now and as serious and dark a movie this is, I cannot help but laughing through most of it. Jake the Muss is such a classic character and its sad to hear that the actor who is he portrayed by is doing it tough to get more work in the industry, whilst the actor who played Uncle Bully is being used a Mexican or an Arab in big Hollywood films.

loading replies

classic! highly recommend!! i own the bluray it's a must have.

loading replies

If you like Once Were Warriors, check out...