What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

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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
Edited by Michael Horton
Distributed by South Pacific Pictures
Release dates
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
98 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? is a 1999 film, based on Alan Duff's 1996 novel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?. The film was directed by Ian Mune, and starred Temuera Morrison as an abusive Māori husband Jake "the Muss" Heke. The novel is the sequel to Duff's 1990 novel Once Were Warriors, which was made into the 1994 film Once Were Warriors.


Jake "the Muss" Heke is now fighting to save his son Sonny from a gang lifestyle after his eldest son, Nig, is killed in a gangland shootout. Jake goes through a period of hopelessness as he tries to restore his family to a functioning state after his anger and drinking (depicted in the first film) tore them apart. He still has trouble accepting the old traditional ways of the Māori people, but he begins 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, serve to highlight Jake's changing characteristics.



New Zealand Film and TV Awards[edit]

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? won nine of its 13 New Zealand Film Award nominations in 1999, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Music.[1]


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