In a violent relationship, it takes a mother's strength to save herself and her children from the man she loved.
Once Were Warriors is a violent love story set against a contemporary urban backdrop.
Eighteen years after Jake and Beth Heke married in the first flush of teenage love, it's easy to see why Beth found him irresistible. Jake is a muscular handsome man who exudes an explosive sexual energy. Even now, five kids later, he can still arouse Beth with one look.
- Duration:90 min
- Sales Agent:Hanway Select
The Auckland production company Communicado bought the rights to Alan Duff’s novel Once Were Warriors almost immediately after it was published in 1990. The book then went on to become a New Zealand best seller.
Once Were Warriors appealed because its story was contemporary, urban and controversial, says producer Robin Scholes. "To my mind the history of New Zealand films contained too many polite stories which were distanced from everyday life."
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