Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors

By Lee Tamahori

  • Genre: Lee Tamahori
  • Release Date: 2016-06-05
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 42min
  • Director: Lee Tamahori
  • Production Company: Avalon Studios
  • iTunes Price: USD 4.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 2.99
From 194 Ratings


Maori couple Jake and Beth Heke are deeply in love, but Jake's alcoholic-fueled rage turns into domestic violence that threatens to tear their family apart. As their home life grows increasingly dangerous, Beth must do all she can to protect their three children. Set against the backdrop of traditional tribal culture, this classic and contoversial 90's indie sleeper hit put New Zealand on the cinema map.



  • Awesome movie

    By anykine
    This was one of my favorite movies growing up.....and still is. The sequel “What becomes of the broken hearted” is great too but the original is the best. It’s too bad the sequel isn’t offered on iTunes yet. Temuera Morrison (Jake the Muss) also stars as Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequels and has a voice role in Disney’s Moana. He also stared in The Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds as one of the other lantern fighters. Cliff Curtis (Uncle bully) stars in other movies including Training Day and 10,000 BC and many more. Two awesome New Zealand actors.
  • Excellent: A must see

    By dr lisa: not bad for a girl
    I first saw this film in 1995 and thought it was powerful and very well acted. I bought it and watched it again on itunes today, 2017. This movie is a must see. It is a painful depiction of alcoholism and its effects of domestic violence. But if you are willing, there is value in witnssing what happens. What I love about this movie is the incredible acting of the cylces of marital and alcoholic-influenced violence. Alcholism and violence has affected every culture. All beings from all countries have been victims throughout history struggle to grieve and rediscover their power after horrors. As a woman and feminist, I deeply value this film, what happened to Grace and Beth's ultimate choice. As a humanist, I grieve for all people victimized in all ways. And I greatly appreciated the Maori heritage portrayed in this movie. I recognize many of the actors who played in here also were cast in Whale Rider, another great great movie about Maori culture and the integration of women's consciousness. Please watch both movies Xox
  • Masterpiece

    By O.DAWG
    Masterpiece. Stunning movie giving an insight of indigenous people's struggle in poverty and rich culture.
  • What a master peoce

    By Haad77
    Must watch, never seen a better movie