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Broken English (1996)

NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 1997 (USA)
Ivan is the fierce patriarch of a family of Croatian refugees in Auckland. Nina is his daughter, ready to live on her own, despite his angry objections. Eddie is the Maori she takes as her ... See full summary »

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Gregor Nicholas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rade Serbedzija ... Ivan
Aleksandra Vujcic ... Nina
Julian Arahanga ... Eddie
Marton Csokas ... Darko
Madeline McNamara Madeline McNamara ... Mira
Jing Zhao Jing Zhao ... Clara
Li Yang Li Yang ... Wu
Elizabeth Mavric Elizabeth Mavric ... Vanya
Temuera Morrison ... Manu
Michael Langley Michael Langley ... Jura
Morena Tutuguro Morena Tutuguro ... Sashka
Mona Ross Mona Ross ... Auntie Marja
Barbara Cartwright Barbara Cartwright ... Jasmin
Patrick Wilson Patrick Wilson ... Dave
Greg Johnson Greg Johnson ... Doug
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Storyline

Ivan is the fierce patriarch of a family of Croatian refugees in Auckland. Nina is his daughter, ready to live on her own, despite his angry objections. Eddie is the Maori she takes as her lover. Nina works at a restaurant where Eddie cooks. For a price, she agrees to marry a Chinese, another restaurant employee, so that he (and his Chinese wife) can establish permanent residency. The money gives her the independence she needs to leave her parents' house and move in with Eddie. Complications arise when Eddie realizes the depth of her father's fury and the strength of Nina's family ties. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes when you make love you make war.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

New Zealand

Release Date:

2 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broken English See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,029, 4 May 1997

Gross USA:

$476,070
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

[On the desire to have a baby]
Clara: We want to make a little kiwi.
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Alternate Versions

A graphic sex scene was cut to be re-rated R. Complete NC-17 edition is available on video. See more »

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Trite plot; rather violent
6 May 2000 | by ÆthelredSee all my reviews

The plot of "Broken English" is easy to summarize:

Boy and girl meet. Boy and girl like each other. Girl's father is violent and jealous. Father hates boy. Boy must subdue father. Boy fights father and wins. (Unfortunately, boy accidently runs over father's vicious but hapless dog in the process.) Boy and girl live happily ever after.

The video jacket says "Broken English" was made by the producers of "Once Were Warriors." Many of the two movies' elements are similar (notably the primitive father in each), though this one has only about one-fifth the quantity of stomach-churning violence of the greatly overrated "Once Were Warriors." But in both movies, the father exhibits much violently stupid behavior, and midway through this one I wondered, "Why don't the police just lock the guy up?" I gave "Broken English" a rating of six.


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