What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)

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This sequel to the New Zealand-set drama "Once Were Warriors" revisits alcoholic Maori man Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) and his wife, Beth (Rena Owen), who have separated, largely due to ... See full summary »



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This sequel to the New Zealand-set drama "Once Were Warriors" revisits alcoholic Maori man Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) and his wife, Beth (Rena Owen), who have separated, largely due to his excessive drinking. When their older son, Nig (Julian Arahanga), is killed in a gang fight, his brother, Sonny (Clint Eruera), becomes determined to avenge his death. Attempting to change his life for the better, Jake tries to help Sonny avoid Nig's tragic fate. Written by Anonymous

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Jake's search for redemption.


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27 May 1999 (New Zealand)  »

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Lawrence Makoare, who plays the imposing 'Grunt' in this movie, went on to play the fearsome 'Lurtz' in The Lord of the Rings two years later. See more »


Mulla Rota: We coulda bin good together, eh gil?
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Written by Darryl Thomson, Angus McNaughton & Ché Fu
Performed by Ché Fu & DLT
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Huge disappointment
25 November 1999 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is one of the biggest movie disappointments that I have ever experienced. I knew, before I went to the cinema, that "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?" would be a very different film from the masterpiece "Once Were Warriors". What I didn't know though, was that they would take the characters from the first movie and put them into some sort of an action film. To be honest, this film is not very good. I hate to say that, but there was not a single powerful scene in this film whereas in "Once Were Warriors" there were so many powerful scenes that I could hardly breathe after I saw it the first time. "What Happens…" is sadly like any of the hundreds of the revenge films we've seen before. It adds nothing new to the concept except for maybe *some* depth. And why is the first half hour so episodic? The director/editor hardly stays with a scene for more than a minute, often less. That was really bad.

It's not all bad though, there are a few scenes which are actually rather funny and Temuera Morrison is absolutely exceptional. (4/10)

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