Hanway Films

Once Were Warriors


Once Were Warriors

The New Zealand Film Commission Collection


Lee Tamahori

Riwia Brown

Rena Owen
Temuera Morrison
Julian Arahanga
Cliff Curtis                  

Robin Scholes

In a violent relationship, it takes a mother’s strength to save herself and her children from the man she loved. Once Were Warriors is a violent love story set against a contemporary urban backdrop. Eighteen years after Jake and Beth Heke married in the first flush of teenage love, it’s easy to see why Beth found him irresistible. Jake is a muscular handsome man who exudes an explosive sexual energy. Even now, five kids later, he can still arouse Beth with one look.

English | 1994 | 90 mins