Once Were Warriors was an internationally successful film that opened the eyes of cinema goers to an unexamined aspect of modern New Zealand life. Director Lee Tamahori's hard-hitting depiction of domestic and gang violence amongst an urban Māori whānau, was adapted from the best-selling Alan Duff novel. Warriors provided career-defining roles for Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen as Jake the Mus and Beth Heke. It remains NZ's most watched local release in terms of bums on seats. In the backgrounders, Riwia Brown writes about adapting Duff's book for the screen.
You’re not gonna hurt my babies anymore.– Beth Heke (Rena Owen)
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Title licensed by Sales Agency NZ Film Sales.
Music composed by Murray Grindlay and Murray McNabb.
Song 'What's the Time Mr Wolf?' (Hareruia Aperahama) performed by Southside of Bombay. 'Give Me Time (Ryan Monga) performed by Mere Boynton
'Here is My Heart' (Karaka/Renata/Tummahai) performed by Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison