Once Were Warriors

1990 book by Alan Duff

Once Were Warriors is a 1994 New Zealand film. It is based on the New Zealand author Alan Duff's bestselling first book by the same name.

Directed by Lee Tamahori. Written by Riwia Brown.
Her only chance for the future is to embrace the power of her past. (taglines)

Jake "The Muss" HekeEdit

  • Cook the man some fuckin' eggs!
  • Barman! 6 milkshakes, easy on the ice-cream.
  • You're a fuckin' mess! Don't you ever speak to me again, you hear?
  • I was right. Too much weights, not enough speedwork. Useless prick.
    • After thoroughly beating up a bar patron
  • Uncle Bully...UNCLE FUCKING BULLY!
    • While reading Grace's Diary about her rape


  • Beth: Our people once were warriors. But unlike you, Jake, they were people with mana, pride; people with spirit. If my spirit can survive living with you for eighteen years, then I can survive anything.


  • Jake: Well fuck off then! You'll get nothing from me!
  • Beth: You have nothing I want, Jake.

  • Te Tupaea: If you want to smash things, boy, you start with me! You think you're man enough to hold a taiaha, boy?
  • Boogie: I hate this fucking place!
  • Te Tupaea: You're not supposed to like it!
  • Boogie: Let me go, you black bastard!
  • Te Tupaea: We are the same colour, boy! The British used to think the bayonet was the most lethal of all hand-to-hand combat weapons, till they came across our warriors, who fought with a taiaha. You think your fist is your weapon? When I have taught you, your mind will be. You'll carry your taiaha inside you.


  • Her only chance for the future is to embrace the power of her past.
  • A family in crisis, a life in chaos... Nothing is more powerful than a mother's love.


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