Once Were Warriors
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One woman tries to keep her family together despite her violent, alcoholic husband. Based on the novel by Alan Duff. Made in New Zealand.... Read More
One woman tries to keep her family together despite her violent, alcoholic husband. Based on the novel by Alan Duff. Made in New Zealand. <br> <br> For Jake and Beth Heke, life in their suburban ghetto is going from bad to worse. Jake's just lost his job, their delinquent teenage son Boogie has to appear in court and they can't make ends meet with five growing kids. Late that night, they host another one of Jake's raunchy drinking parties while the children lie awake in their bedroom. When their oldest son asks for money, which Beth discovers Jake has gambled away, it ignites a vicious argument that Jake solves by giving Beth one of his brutal beatings. The tide of violence continues to ebb and flow in the Heke household until a terrible tragedy makes them confront the dysfunctional state of their family. Minimize
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Feb 3, 2002
An assault on the heart.
Pros: Gripping, powerful, brilliant acting.
Cons: Girls, have tissues handy.
Strap yourself in for a harrowing emotional rollercoaster. It's a film everyone should see at least once. Read More at Epinions.com
Apr 13, 2005
Cultural Rebirth and Gender Constructions
Pros: A powerful film that remains eminently re-watchable. A visceral experience.
Profoundly affecting film that to an extent, makes you reevaluate the way you view male gender constructs and violence in movies. Read More at Epinions.com
Jul 7, 2003
A Triumph of Pride and Spirit
Pros: Excellently acted, good music, beautiful scenery.
Cons: The domestic violence is hard to stomach.
Hard-hitting, uncompromising. Tragic yet uplifting. Moving, compassionate portrayal of a proud and handsome race. Not for the faint-hearted or squeamish, but brilliantly and convincingly done. Read More at Epinions.com
Apr 30, 2001
Once Were Warriors : The Highest-Grossing Film In New Zealand's History
Pros: Opens a small window into Maori culture. Very powerful acting.
Cons: Not for those who believe in a silver lining in every cloud.
The very best film in New Zealand's history, is one of the very best films in the world. Read More at Epinions.com
May 4, 2004
Once Were Warriors
Pros: Excellent direction, well adapted storyline. Fantastic acting that launched many careers
Cons: heavy hitting, violent, addresses many issues some may prefer are left in the shadows
Hard hitting, brutal, and well crafted film made by cutting edge team of New Zealanders Read More at Epinions.com
Nov 9, 2000
Shows that style doesn't have to cost the earth
Pros: Proves that quality comes from imagination,not money.
Cons: Some dodgy acting and cornball dialogue. Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 21, 2000
Mar 25, 2000
Pros: A learning experience
Cons: I cant write any cons for this movie. Read More at Epinions.com
Apr 29, 2000
One of the best I've seen in years!!!
Pros: Gripping and suspensful...
Cons: None Read More at Epinions.com
Oct 7, 2008
There are movies you forget and movies you remember
Pros: well acted, well directed, good pace, surprises, overall very well done.
Cons: none Read More at Epinions.com
Oct 3, 2005
Re-Discovering the Warrior Spirit
Pros: Acting, direction, brutal honesty
Cons: Pace a little slow at first. Violence may be too much for some
A truly powerful and authentic slice of Antipodean cinema that bristles with realistic energy and delves into uncomfortable truths. Read More at Epinions.com