7.0/10
780
17 user 10 critic

The Club (1980)

Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Reviews
5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.

Director: Ken Hannam
Stars: Jack Thompson, Max Cullen, Robert Bruning
Don's Party (1976)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: John Hargreaves, Pat Bishop, Graham Kennedy
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Walter Chiari, Claire Dunne, Chips Rafferty
Action | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In between drinking cans of Fosters beer, Australian soldiers tread on a few landmines, and generally experience the war in Vietnam.

Director: Tom Jeffrey
Stars: Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, John Jarratt
Puberty Blues (1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Nell Schofield, Jad Capelja, Jeffrey Rhoe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity, an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives, nor the British. He works for the local British magistrate, ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Edward Woodward, Maynard Eziashi
Newsfront (1978)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor
Crackerjack (2002)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Moloney
Stars: Mick Molloy, Bill Hunter, Frank Wilson
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Carl Fitzgerald is down-on-his-luck until he meets Sophie, a beautiful Greek girl. He gets a job as a cook, but accidentally kills fellow worker Mustafa. He turns to his unscrupulous best ... See full summary »

Director: John Ruane
Stars: Sam Neill, Zoe Carides, John Clarke
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Ted Parker
...
Harold Hopkins ...
...
Alan Cassell ...
Gerry Cooper
Maggie Doyle ...
Susy
...
Commentator
Toni-Gay Shaw ...
Stripper
Jack Harris ...
1st Club Official
Frank Raggatt ...
2nd Club Official
Jim Cain ...
3rd Club Official
Gary Files ...
2nd Football Commentator
Ed Turley ...
Tony
Scot Palmer ...
Newspaper Reporter 1
Edit

Storyline

Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In this club nobody plays by the rules. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Players  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 700,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David Williamson, who wrote the source play and this movie's adaptation film script of it, once said of this picture: "We've opened up the play and treated it very visually as a film. It includes some very hectic training and match sequences." See more »

Goofs

In the movie's end credits, Bob Davis is misspelt as 'Bob David' See more »

Quotes

[Geoff has arrived late at a training session]
Laurie Holden: [angrily] Where have you been?
Geoff Hayward: [curtly] Get stuffed.
See more »

Connections

Featured in 20 to 1: Greatest Sports Movies of All Time (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not just for fans of Australian Rules Football
8 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

I first saw "The Club" in high school as the play the film was based on was part of the English required reading list. I enjoyed the film but thought that with the Australian Rules Football setting, people unfamiliar with the sport would find many of the references obscure and dislike the film. Having seen "The Club" again recently, I realised that although somewhat dated, the film is as much about the wheeling and dealing that occurs off the field as it is about the action on the field. The action that takes place in the boardroom would be instantly familiar to fans of any sport and it's in these scenes the movie comes to life. Any producer wanting to remake "The Club" with the American market in mind needs only to replace the references to Australian Rules football with baseball or basketball and the script would be ready to go into production.

The Producers would also be wise to recast Jack Thompson as the coach as he gives a great understated performance that deserves an encore.

Certainly worth a viewing on a wintry evening.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

'Star Wars' Creatures We Love

"The IMDb Show" breaks down the origins of some iconic Star Wars creatures. Plus, legendary sword choreographer Tim Weske explains the basics of lightsaber combat.

Watch now