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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)

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)  »

Also Known As:

Egykoron harcosok voltak 2.  »

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In the scene where Jake visits Rita and in a rage, smashes up her living room, Temeura Morrison actually injured his left hand. When leaving Rita's house he can be seen checking his hand. It was decided to incorporate the injury into the movie, so there are two more scenes in which he checks his hand. It was thought that his injury added to the growing awareness of Jake that he was fallible and he needed to reconsider his actions. See more »


Jake Heke: What, is that them?
Sonny Heke: Yeah.
Jake Heke: I suppose you got both gangs all in for you.
Sonny Heke: Yeah.
Jake Heke: And the cops.
Sonny Heke: Yeah.
Jake Heke: You sure you didn't miss anyone?
Sonny Heke: Don't think so.
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Hard act to follow
15 December 2001 | by (Woking, England) – See all my reviews

One thing that was inevitable about this film -- it was never going to be able to have anywhere near the impact of what it is the sequel for -- Once Were Warriors.

This isn't bad, but at the same time it's not great. Morrison resurrects Jake Heke, who is now fighting to save his son from a gang lifestyle after another of his sons is killed in a gangland shootout.

An excellent performance in a supporting role from Rawiri Paratene is probably the highlight of this tale, but I must admit that, by the end, I was beginning to recall again just how much writer Alan Duff gets on my nerves.

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