Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors

Downloadable Video - 1994
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Jake Heke lives with his family in a tenement house for native Maori in the slums of Auckland. Despite his love and devotion, Jake's battle with alcoholism frequently results in terrifyingly erratic outbursts in front of his children and violent beatings of his wife Beth. After Jake loses his job, each member of the Heke family is forced to face their own personal demons and the societal constraints that shackle native New Zealanders.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla,, 1994.
[United States] :, Film Movement :, 1994.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (circa 102 min.)) :,sound, color.
data file, rda
digital, rda

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LauraSteinert
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.

Franln Apr 24, 2017

I hadn't seen this movie in over 20 years and it still holds up. It's the type of film you'll never forget.

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hammer59
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.

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Nursebob
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.

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MamaLini
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.

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geomillar
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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LauraSteinert
Oct 03, 2017

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

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LauraSteinert
Oct 03, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape

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LauraSteinert
Oct 03, 2017

Violence: sadists beat people, men beat wives

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LauraSteinert
Oct 03, 2017

Coarse Language: endless cussing

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Oct 03, 2017

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