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: 7.5/10 from 225 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Avalon Studios
  • Production Country: New Zealand
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From 225 Ratings
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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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    Editing Michael Horton Editor
    Directing Lee Tamahori Director
    Writing Riwia Brown Screenplay
    Writing Alan Duff Author
    Production Robin Scholes Producer
    Sound Murray Grindlay Original Music Composer
    Sound Murray McNabb Original Music Composer
    Camera Stuart Dryburgh Director of Photography
    Production Don Selwyn Casting
    Art Michael Kane Set Designer
    Costume & Make-Up Debra East Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Deirdre Haworth Makeup Artist
    Sound Ray Beentjes Sound Designer