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Once Were Warriors

Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 1994

RP16
Restricted
You’re not gonna hurt my babies anymore.
– Beth Heke (Rena Owen)
Cook the man some f**king eggs.
– Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison), to Beth
It's jolting and electric, charged with the immediacy of its characters' anger and hurt. Morrison and Owen turn in stunning performances.
– Stephen Farber, in Movieline
The film is a social tragedy, observed in love and pain. It's also a study of class animosities within a race ... by the end, Once Were Warriors has left an ache in your heart, a hole in your gut.
– Richard Corliss in Time Magazine, 6 March 1995

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