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The story of how one man's crime ruins the lives of two families forever.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leeanne Rosser
Brent Rosser
Timothy Lee ...
Clyde Rosser (as Tim Lee)
Miranda Harcourt ...
Irene Rosser
Jamal Spellacey ...
Sam Rosser
Howard Peet
Liddy Holloway ...
Gwen Peet
Ulla Peet
Athol Peet
Alistair Browning ...
Gordon Peet
Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki ...
Olivia Peet
Sara Brodie ...
Darlene Peet
Brenda Kendall ...
Mrs. Ponder
Detective Harawira


Leeanne Rosser a strong but world-weary 20 year-old solo mother, sits on a hot train with her one-year-old, half-Samoan son Sam. It's her mother's birthday and Leeanne and Sam put up with the heat to visit her in Wainuiomata. But her mother is feeling the pull of the church, and refuses to accept Leeanne's baby born out of marriage. Leeanne's father is helpless to bring them together. Unknown to all of them, Leeanne's brother Brent is out creating mischief. He pretends to be a student or a bible salesman, and then robs houses when their owners are absent. Today an unsuspecting victim, Ulla, returns home during his robbery. Brent panics and sends Ulla plummeting down the steps with a sickening crack. For Leeanne and her family, and Ulla and her family, from that moment on, everything is changed. Ulla is paralyzed, her neck broken. Ulla has a 15 year-old daughter Olivia and an estranged husband Athol, who still lives at home and buries himself in his rental properties. Her husband's ... Written by NZ Film Commission

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Based on a best-selling novel by Maurice Gee. See more »


Drama | Thriller | Crime


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Release Date:

9 September 2004 (New Zealand)  »

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Crime Story  »

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NZD 363,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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A Story of Fractured Lives
1 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I went to the World Premiere for Fracture on April 1, 2004. The movie started off a bit sluggish in terms of acting and figuring out what was going on. The movie was short in and around Wellington, New Zealand, and from the beginning, the setting has a familiar feel for Wellington residents, with some locations being more obvious than others. It doesn't take long for the initial action to transpire, and from that point, the movie portrays the struggles of two families and how their lives intersect. While some parts of the movie were more convincing than others, I found myself caring about the characters by the end, and that perhaps is what makes this movie a success. It's definitely not a Hollywood production, but that also lets it be a little more real in some ways. This outing has a lot more in common with New Zealand's Once Were Warriors than with Whale Rider. The characters endure their share of violence, and struggle to overcome. We see how families fall apart, but also how they pull together and care for one another.

Kate Elliott plays the central character of Leeanne Rosser. She is a single mother of 20 with a 1 year-old child, who is doing the best she can to raise and love her child, despite some challenges circumstances. Kate does a superb job in this role, and I found myself feeling sorry for her at many times, and being really happy when she succeeded. This was a difficult role to play, as she had to express many different types of emotions, and she did quite well.

Aussie Jared Turner played her brother Brent Rosser. Because of the lifestyle choices Brent has chosen, the relationship between Kate and Brent is strained, but Kate's character is the kind that does her best to care for those she loves. Brent's actions early on in the movie affect multiple characters negatively, though they affect him the most, as he hides inside himself. Jared's acting, due to the nature of the script, is primarily nonverbal, but fairly convincing. Mostly, he looks afraid and desperate, and the story shows what happens to a desperate person. Some aspects of it were over-the-top I think, but I could relate to his fear somewhat.

Not to be missed in this picture are some notable cast members. John Noble, most recently starring as Denethor in Lord of the Rings, plays patriarch Howie Peet. Director Larry Parr's son Julian Arahanga, perhaps best known as Apoc from The Matrix, plays Detective Harawira. Popular New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis, who had parts in both Whale Rider and Once Were Warriors, among others, plays Inspector Franklin. You can find more information about the film at the New Zealand Film Commission's website, who helped produce the film.

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