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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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Ian Mune

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Alan Duff
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Cast

Credited cast:
Temuera Morrison ... Jake Heke
Rena Owen ... Beth Heke
Clint Eruera Clint Eruera ... Sonny Heke
Nancy Brunning Nancy Brunning ... Tania Rogers
Pete Smith ... Apeman
Lawrence Makoare ... Grunt
Rawiri Paratene ... Mulla Rota
Julian Arahanga ... Nig Heke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudolph Alford Rudolph Alford ... McClutchy
Tony Billy Tony Billy ... Charlie
Tu Brown Tu Brown ... Pub Looker
Ross Buckingham Ross Buckingham ... Pool Player
Shannon Claire II ... Bar Dancer
Tammy Davis Tammy Davis ... Mookie
Eru Potaka Dewes Eru Potaka Dewes ... Minata Kahu
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1999 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Egykoron harcosok voltak 2. See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Trivia

The film's failure to live up to the high standards of Once Were Warriors is partly attributed to the fact that PolyGram Filmed Entertainment was involved. This meant that the raw emotion of the main characters and the powerful Maori cultural themes were replaced with a more generic theme of gangland warfare. See more »

Quotes

Jake Heke: I just wanna do something right. Just once.
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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He Puru Taitama E
Written by Kingi Tahiwi
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A brilliant film in its own right
16 October 1999 | by GlamwogSee all my reviews

I liked this enough to see twice, and think it may actually surpass Once Were Warriors in quality. If people are expecting more of the same, forget it - this is primarily about one man's personal journey, to which the gang subplot ties in nicely. Temuera Morrison steals the show with his amazing performance and stunning presence and charisma, as does newcomer Clint Eruera as his estranged son. This film is a lot more Hollywood-style (ie more action) than Warriors, but really takes you on an engrossing emotional journey along the way - a few scenes had me close to tears. It's absolutely criminal that this film didn't make a bigger impact than it did - what were people expecting, Once Were Warrio


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