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Dirty Deeds (2002)

1973 Sydney: An Australian gangster sees booming business, due to U.S. soldiers being in town for relaxing between their tours to the Vietnam war, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.

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David Caesar

Writer:

David Caesar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Barry Ryan
Toni Collette ... Sharon Ryan
John Goodman ... Tony Testano
Sam Neill ... Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy
Sam Worthington ... Darcy
Kestie Morassi ... Margaret
William McInnes ... Hollywood
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Norm
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Freddie
Felix Williamson ... Sal Cassela
Derek Amer Derek Amer ... Manager
Laeni Baille Laeni Baille ... Coin Lady
Rudi Baker Rudi Baker ... Bell Boy
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Senator
Michael Brownjohn Michael Brownjohn ... Bouncer #1
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Storyline

Set in 1960s Sydney, this is the story of an Australian gangster whose booming business, buoyed by the influx of U.S. soldiers in town for R&R during their tours in Vietnam, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors. Written by Greg Dean Schmitz

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Taglines:

Get ready to get dirty.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Deeds - Dreckige Geschäfte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$134,510 (Australia), 9 August 2002, Limited Release
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A 'lobster' (referenced when Darcy purchases the guns from his friend still in the army) is an Australian colloquial term used for the twenty dollar note whose distinctive red/orange colour is likened to a cooked lobster See more »

Goofs

When Barry and Norm are boxing, Norm is seen getting head gear put on. After Barry has Norm in the corner and backs back, Norm no longer has the head gear on. It is clear that Norm would have had no time to have the gear removed between the camera shots. See more »

Quotes

Sal: [on flight to Australia] Yeah, so, w-what language they speakin' over there?
Tony: Jus' regular.
Sal: You mean, like, American?
Tony: Yeah, regular.
Sal: Is this country's on the other side o' the world they speak the same as us, they, they look the same as us? They don' look like Mexicans or nothin' , do they?
Tony: I got no idea.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the title DIRTY DEEDS appears with the individual letters spinning like the wheels of a slot machine. See more »

Connections

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Washboard Rock'n'Roll
Composed by M. Schneider / R. Schneider
Published by Origin Music / Festival Music Publishing
Performed by Lisa Miller, Jody Bell and Tim Rogers
2002 BMG Australia Limited
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Pizza....you eat it with your hands.
1 June 2005 | by flingebuntSee all my reviews

True story, in the 1960s the American government was trying to control Vietnam and the American Mafia wanted to take over organised crime in Australia.

Both failed, we know about Vietnam, this movie fictionalises what happened in Australia and uses it as a metaphor for what happened in Vietnam (and what is happening in Iraq today).

It is fun, it is very Australian (it has Bryan Brown in it, what more can I say), it downplays Australian criminals abilities but shows them as brutal thugs capable of some quick thinking.

It is not an American bashing movie and has a pro-American message and an Anti-American message that Americans could learn from. Which is basically, America we like you, we like your Pizza, but if you want to go out in the world you got to learn to play nice because the rest of the world is much tougher than you and will scone you if you don't.

It also lovingly shows how backward Australia was in the 1960s (no pizza, no colour TV), so everyone gets a fair suck of the sav (if you understand my meaning).


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