Once Were Warriors - 1994
DVD UPC # 9339065002577; 79043637025; 774212111235; 9315842020361; 5017239190223; 743217785994; 9315841995271; 857692005857(US/CA)
Blu-ray # 9339065001990(AU); 857692005864(US/CA); 4260336461074(DE); 5028836040811(UK)
Cast: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Anita Ker-Bell, Taungaoa Emile, Julian Arahanga, Rachael Morris, Cliff Curtis, Ray Bishop, Calvin Tuteau.
Screenplay: Riwia Brown (from the book by Alan Duff); Photography: Stuart Dryburg; Editor: Michael Horton; Music: Murray Grindlay, Murray McNabb, Herbs; Producer: Robin Scholes; Director: Lee Tamahori.
A hard-hitting drama portraying a Maori family stuck in the state housing of South Auckland. Jake, the father, rejected by his wife's tribe and laid off from work, contents himself by drinking with his mates in the local booze barn and partying at night. Like several of the men, he is not slow to use his fists and boots on anyone who riles him, including his wife. During the film the oldest son is inducted into a gang, another son is put away for stealing, and the 13-year-old daughter commits suicide after being raped by her uncle. First NZ film to gross more than $6 million. A much awarded film that should be seen, but not by young children.
Censor rating: R16 - Review rating: B+
Official MP4 Trailer