Once Were Warriors Movie Review Summary

Actors: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga, Tuangaroa Emile

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Jake and Beth Heke (Morrison and Owen) are a poor, working class couple of Maori background in contemporary, urban Auckland, New Zealand. Jake obviously loves his family, but is subject to murderous rages when he gets drunk, when he beats his wife and abuses the kids. Oldest son Nig has joined a street gang, daughter Grace retreats into her poetry journal and hangs out with a drug-addled boy who lives in an abandoned car, and younger son Boogie has gotten in trouble with the law and is in juvenile detention. But the center of the story is Beth -- who has a temper herself, but must learn to stop blaming herself for the horrific domestic violence and do something about it. This 1994 movie, made in New Zealand with a local cast and crew, is powerful and chilling -- difficult to take, but well done.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Rena Owen stars in a powerful drama about a woman in an abusive relationship. She struggles to find herself and a way out of her relationship with her husband.
The review of this Movie prepared by Lara M.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   fighting with parents Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father Age group    -   trouble in high school

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife    -   unemployed Age:    -   40's-50's


Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Pacific Islands    -   Australia City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   fort/military installation    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   licking    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   A huge amnt of foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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