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John Hargreaves ...
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Sarah
Dennis Miller ...
Ralph
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Lucy
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Buster
Paul Chubb ...
Reid
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Martin's sister
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Shapley
Kim Deacon ...
Marion
Les Foxcroft ...
Baldy
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Robert
Ralph Cotterill ...
Shakey
Brian McDermott ...
Collins
Paul Sonkkila ...
Lancaster
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It's Australia's greatest con...but can he bluff them all? See more »

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5 November 1981 (Australia)  »

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Hoodwink - pakoon!  »

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Promotional material for this film such as movie posters formed a pair of hand-cuffs out of the two letter "O"'s in this film's 'Hoodwink' title logo. This was actually the second Australian film to do this around 1980-1981, the other movie being Touch and Go (1980). See more »

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fascinating early Australian realism
18 March 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Hoodwink" isn't exactly what it's advertised to be. It's supposedly a crime/con man film, but it takes an abrupt 180 degree turn about half the way through and becomes a more straightforward drama. It's hard to say if this works or not. But I can say that both halves are very well acted and directed. Just don't expect to end with the same film you started with. If you do, there's a fair chance you'll be disappointed.

John Hargreaves is a very charismatic actor. As soon as you see him, there's something about the character of Martin Stang that draws you in. He is manipulative, intelligent, and complicated. Much to the point of never quite letting the viewer know who real he's really being. Judy Davis plays what is, for her, a very atypical role. She's very convincing. I suppose what really makes "Hoodwink" such an immediately engaging film is how true it feels. Director Claude Whatham and cinematographer Dean Semler create a very solid world together. It feels real, it captures the subtleties of human interaction without a lot of nonsense getting in the way of things. And that's just too hard to find these days.


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