Rent Once Were Warriors (1994)

4.0 of 5 from 112 ratings
1h 38min
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Synopsis:
Eighteen years after Jake (Temuera Morrison) and Beth (Rena Owen) were married, Beth still finds him irresistible. Jake is a muscular, handsome man who exudes sexual energy. But he spends most of his time in the bar demanding respect and becoming drunk and violent. Beth struggles to keep her family together, through the violence takes its toll - one son has joined a vicious gang, the other has been taken to a welfare home, but she remains faithful to Jake. Still untouched is Grace, the beautiful teenaged daughter, a gifted writer and thinker and the most vulnerable member of the family. What happens to her changes the family's life forever.
Beth will at last be forced to make a choice and to seek a new alternative for her own survival.
Actors:
, , Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, , , Rachael Morris Jr., , , , , , , , , , , Rangi Motu, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Robin Scholes
Writers:
Riwia Brown, Alan Duff
Studio:
Entertainment In Video
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
New Zealand
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/08/1999
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/02/2018
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.77:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 'Once Were Warriors - Where are They Now?': A documentary looking back at the film's production and impact as well as re-uniting the cast 20 years later
  • 'Directing The Warriors': An interview with Lee Tamahori
  • Original Trailer

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Superb, gritty drama - Once Were Warriors review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
28/09/2006

If you think the whole of New Zealand looks as beautiful as the Lord of the Rings set, think again! This tells the gritty, seedy tale of what life is like for those who live on the poverty line in Auckland. The characters are portrayed brillantly and Rena Owen is outstanding as the female lead, Beth. There is some violence and it is quite shocking at times, but not glorified in any way. In fact the shocking part is its realism and intensity. The film draws to a sad yet inevitable close, although with a ray of hope. Thoroughly recommended if you like gritty dramas, but probaly not if you're looking for Hollywood gloss.

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