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They're a Weird Mob (1966)

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Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousin's magazine, only to find that when he gets there the magazine's folded,... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Chiari ...
Nino Culotta
Claire Dunne ...
Kay Kelly
Chips Rafferty ...
Harry Kelly
Alida Chelli ...
Giuliana
Ed Devereaux ...
Joe Kennedy
Slim DeGrey ...
Pat
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Dennis
Charles Little ...
Jimmy
Anne Haddy ...
Barmaid
Jack Allen ...
Fat Man in Bar
Red Moore ...
Texture Man
Ray Hartley ...
Newsboy
Tony Bonner ...
Lifesaver
Alan Lander ...
Charlie
Keith Peterson ...
Drunk Man on Ferry
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Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousin's magazine, only to find that when he gets there the magazine's folded, the cousins done a runner & the money his cousin sent for the fare was borrowed from the daughter of the boss of a local construction firm. So Nino tries to get a job & finishes up ... laying bricks. Nino works hard & makes friends with lots of locals, Nino & Kay argue a lot, Nino & Kay fall in love ... Kay takes Nino to meet 'Daddy' but daddy hates journalists, immigrants and bricklayers (he's now BOSS of a construction firm). Nino starts to win him over with his charm & determination to marry Kay. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Hilarious best-seller now becomes... The funniest film ever made about Australians!


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The opening week attendances at the State Theatre, Sydney broke a 37-year record for the theatre. The scenes of Nino being rescued from the surf were filmed from a duck (amphibious vehicle) borrowed from the Australian Army. See more »

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A "bloody" good movie - along with the book, the film provides a timeless piece of well recommended entertainment and history.
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A "bloody" good movie - accurate, very accurate from my perspective as someone with Italian heritage who migrated to Australia in 1964 . The character and experiences of Nino could've been either of my two uncles who migrated in the mid-1950's.

Notwithstanding the story, it's an amazing photo story of what Australia was like for millions or migrants in the'60's - particularly the larger cities of Sydney and Melbourne. The character of the Aussies is spot on - you can meet them any day on any street in any city of Australia right now. The aussie "mateship" unique to the Australian psyche is very well portrayed; the Aussie mentality of always willing to give a bloke a fair go and taking people for what they are - fair dinkum - and not who they are is also well captured. The actors are the creme de la creme of Australian theatre, tv, radio and film - most of them appearing in many Australian dramas of later years such as Homicide, Division 4, Number 96, Prisoner, Skippy(Ed Devereaux & Tony Bonner), and Crocodile Dundee (John Meillon)

It's a refreshing retro to an era of quality storylines, acting and the promotion of individual potential. The language, the 6 o'clock closings of the pubs, the white aussie's prejudice to the 'Eye-tie"(ITalian) and anyone else who wasn't a Smith, Brown, McKenzie, O'Farrell is as accurate as I experienced. And all served up with a laugh.

Along with the book, the film provides a timeless piece of well recommended entertainment and history.


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