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What Becomes of The Broken Hearted?
Movie promotional poster
Directed by Ian Mune
Produced by Bill Gavin
Written by Alan Duff
Starring Temuera Morrison
Clint Eruera
Nancy Brunning
Julian Arahanga
Rena Owen
Music by David Hirschfelder
Cinematography Allen Guilford
Editing by Michael Horton
Distributed by South Pacific Pictures
Release date(s) 1999
Running time 103 min. (Australia)
108 min. (UK & Argentina)
Country New Zealand
Language English
Preceded by Once Were Warriors
Followed by Jake's Long Shadow

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? is a 1999 film, based on Alan Duff's 1996 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Ian Mune, and starred Temuera Morrison as the abusive Māori husband Jake Heke. The novel What Becomes of The Broken Hearted? is the sequel to Duff's 1990 novel Once Were Warriors, which was itself made into a film of the same name in 1994. The novel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? was followed by another sequel, Jake's Long Shadow, in 2002 (although this has not been made into a film and there are currently no plans to make it into one).


Temuera Morrison again plays Jake "the Muss" Heke, who is now fighting to save his son from a gang lifestyle after his oldest son is killed in a gangland shootout. Heke goes through a period of hopelessness as he tries to restore his family to a functioning state after his anger and drinking tore them apart in the first film. He still has trouble accepting the old traditional ways of the Māori people but he starts to realise the importance of family and regrets what his former actions have done to them. Towards the end of the film, Jake does his best to reconcile with his family, even going so far as to save his son's life despite great personal risk to himself. This action, along with several others occurring throughout this film, serve to highlight Jake's changing characteristics.


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Minor characters


New Zealand Film and TV Awards

It won nine of its 13 New Zealand Film Award nominations in 1999, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Music etc.[1]


External links

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