Once Were Warriors is a 1994 film based on New Zealand author Alan Duff's bestselling 1990 first novel of the same name. The film tells the story of an urban Māori family, the Hekes, and their problems with poverty, alcoholism, and domestic violence, mostly brought on by the family patriarch Jake Heke. It was directed by Lee Tamahori, and stars Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison.
The film was shot at a local Otara state house, located in O'Connor street. The film was filmed primarily in this house, with neighbours complaining on numerous occasions due to the film's late night party scenes.
* Beth Heke - Rena Owen
* Jake "the Muss" Heke - Temuera Morrison
* Grace Heke - Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell
* Nig Heke - Julian Arahanga
* Boogie Heke - Taungaroa Emile
* Polly Heke - Rachael Morris Jr.
* Huata Heke - Joseph Kairau
* Bully - Cliff Curtis
* Dooley - Pete Smith
* Bennett - George Henare
* Mavis - Mere Boynton
* Toot - Shannon Williams
* Taka (Gang Leader) - Calvin Tuteao
* King Hitter - Ray Bishop
* Judge - Ian Mune
* Policeman - Robert Pollock
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