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The Club (1980)

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

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Ted Parker
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Alan Cassell ...
Gerry Cooper
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Susy
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Toni-Gay Shaw ...
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Jack Harris ...
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Frank Raggatt ...
2nd Club Official
Jim Cain ...
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Gary Files ...
2nd Football Commentator
Ed Turley ...
Tony
Scot Palmer ...
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Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

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It's tough enough on the field, but in the boardroom it's a battleground! In this club nobody plays by the rules See more »

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AUD 700,000 (estimated)
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Jack Thompson sports a moustache playing the football club coach in this movie. Thompson grew the mustache especially for the film and he based his rationale for doing so on the fact that many Australian Rules Football coaches had a mustache, such as Ron Barassi. Thompson felt that a moustache suggested a badge rank in the social hierarchy of the sports world such as Aussie Rules football culture. See more »

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

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Jock: [referring to Geoff] He's been up his mum and his legless sister and he thinks he's killed his old man!
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Hayward? He's hopeless!
29 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Every time I watch this film I marvel at how well written and acted this film is. It is an excellent analysis of the manouvering and back-stabbing that goes on at a football club but avoids the pitfalls of being overly serious and is also very funny.

There are so many memorable characters one could mention but that the one that stands out for me is the character of Gerry, the club administrator. In every scene he's in, you see how, whenever he has something serious to say to someone, he uses terms like 'we' or 'the committee' - he never uses the term 'I' so that he slyly absolves himself of responsibility of any of the hard decisions that are made. As Laurie says, he is an oily weasel. Sadly, he's the type of person you would find on the AFL Commission these days.

Finally, to correct a previous reviewer, the song is 'Up there Cazaly', named after the footballer Roy Cazaly.


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