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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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Harold Hopkins ...
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Alan Cassell ...
Gerry Cooper
Maggie Doyle ...
Susy
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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 ...
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Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

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

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18 September 1980 (USA)  »

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AUD 700,000 (estimated)
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Actor and television personality Graham Kennedy plays the President of the Collingwood Football Club in this film about Australian Rules football. In real life, Kennedy was a supporter of the St Kilda Football Club. 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: With the team we'll have next year Jesus Christ would be flat out making the reserves!
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Not just for fans of Australian Rules Football
8 September 1999 | by (Darwin, Australia) – 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.


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