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Broken English [VHS]


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  • Actors: Aleksandra Vujcic, Julian Arahanga, Rade Serbedzija, Marton Csokas, Madeline McNamara
  • Directors: Gregor Nicholas
  • Writers: Gregor Nicholas, James Salter, Johanna Pigott
  • Producers: Janet McIver, Robin Scholes, Timothy White
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese, Maori, Serbo-Croatian
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: June 30, 1998
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767803612
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris McKinstry on May 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this $2 million film at the Edmonton film festival in 1997. From the first scene I knew I was seeing a film that was very well thought out - the windshield wipers of a bus traveling through a destroyed Sarajevo are synched to the sound track's beat. The characters were obviously well researched and it is also obvious that the director spent a great deal of time with his cast of unknown actors - there is a startling sex scene that no inexperienced actor could pull off without a great deal of coaching - a scene that caused the film to be rejected by North American distributors and is the reason the film is largely unknown there.
This film was Rade Serbedzija big break. The director, Gregor Nicholas told me after the film that Serbedzija called him one night drunk from London thanking him for making him into a bad guy. Serbedzija was thanking him because he got the roll of the bad guy in The Saint opposite Val Kilmer because of his role in Broken English. He also told me that they had to modify the bus in the first scene so that the wipers would synch with the music.
Finally, the true issue of this film - incest - is so subtle that most people don't even notice it at all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is completely engrossing. I don't think it's meant to be "accidentally hysterical" or a true depiction of life in NZ, as other reviewers have suggested. The irony of this story is that a Croatian man moves his family to NZ to escape persecution by the Serbs, yet he proceeds to persecute everyone who is different (Fijians, Maoris, Chinese) even though NZ is not even his country. It is a powerful message given the situation in Yugoslavia right now (and for the past 600 years). If a viewer comes away from this movie truly recognizing that the Croat was out of line, then maybe there is a glimmer of hope for TOLERANCE after all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I really like this movie, but i don't think that it was a romeo and juliet story. I really thought the performances were powerful especially the father's. Also , the look of the film was very impressive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neel Aroon on February 7, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I didn't really know what to expect with broken english but I was pleased at how well the movie was shot. The story line is definetely unique to say. A croat immigrant to new zealand with new zealand citizenship being paid by a chinese immigrant so he can stay in the country while falling in love with a maori man to her father's displeasure. The movie is intense with some really great acting in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sisterwiveslover on December 1, 2011
Format: VHS Tape
it was a beautiful movie, everything from the acting to the story, the accents (Broken English) i loved it. i saw this movie in my video store when i was 13, they had the NC17 copy :D
tho it does have an AWESOME sex scene (it's short, so you have to rewind alot :P ) its the story and the actors that really made this an unforgettable movie. i was and still am really surprised that it never came out on DVD, and hate that other "Broken English" movie for having the same name; so if i mention this movie everyone thinks i mean the other parker movie. this is one of my top all time favorite movies and i highly recommended to anyone that is a hardcore movie fan, and if you like the amazing ONCE WERE WARRIORS than YEAH you'll love this. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
This film is wonderfully shot with some brilliant performances. Symbolism is carefully used, and the problems the characters face are real. It is easy to empathize with the cast as they move through a vibrant and exciting portion of their own complex lives. END
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