Broken English (1996 film)

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Broken English
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gregor Nicholas
Produced by Robin Scholes
Timothy White
Janet McIver
Written by Gregor Nicholas
Johanna Pigott
Starring Aleksandra Vujčić
Julian Arahanga
Rade Šerbedžija
Marton Csokas
Music by Murray Grindlay
Murray McNabb
Cinematography John Toon
Edited by David Coulson
Village Roadshow Pictures Worldwide
New Zealand Film Commission
Distributed by Roadshow Film Distributors Ltd. (NZ)
Sony Pictures Classics (US)
Release date(s)
  • 19 September 1996 (1996-09-19) (NZ)
  • 2 May 1997 (1997-05-02) (US)
Running time 92 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English
Box office $541,377[1]

Broken English is a 1996 romantic drama film made in New Zealand. Directed by Gregor Nicholas, it stars Aleksandra Vujčić Julian Arahanga, Marton Csokas, and Rade Šerbedžija.


Nina is the daughter of Ivan, a fierce Croatian patriarch whose family immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand to escape the war. She works as a waitress in a restaurant and falls in love with Eddie, a Māori chef, despite her father's objections. For a price, she agrees to marry a Chinese co-worker 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.



Aleksandra Vujčić had never acted before and was discovered in an Auckland bar.[2]


Broken English received generally positive reviews, currently holding an 82% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]


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