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Lee Tamahori

Once Were Warriors

Edition 1994
102' - 1994 - Crime, Drama - Dialogue: Spanish, Maori, English
Director: Lee Tamahori Composer: Murray Grindlay, Murray McNabb With: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell
This picture is one of the best to emerge from New-Zealand in quite a while (if you don't count The Piano). Director Tamahori has clone a marvellous job in depicting the day-to-day horror of the Heke family, which is held together only by its women, the sorely tried Beth and her eldest daughter, 16-year-old Grace. Beth comes from a noble Maori family, who disapproved of her marriage to Jake Heke some 18 years earlier; she left her roots to live in the city with her hard-drinking spouse and over the years, they've had five children. But the family is falling apart, mainly due to Jake's irresponsibility.

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Lee Tamahori


Murray Grindlay, Murray McNabb


Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell


Riwia Brown

Director of Photography

Stuart Dryburgh


Michael Horton


Andrew Mason, Robin Scholes

More information


Spanish, Maori, English

Countries of production

New Zealand

Screenplay based on

"Once Were Warriors" (Alan Duff)



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