MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,033 this week

Hoodwink (1981)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 62 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

True story about a jailed bank robber who pretends he's become blind to get an early release. Cops don't believe him, but a lonely minister's wife arrives to teach him how to live with his "condition". They fall in love. Big mistake.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 402 titles
created 12 Sep 2011
 
a list of 389 titles
created 05 Feb 2014
 
a list of 142 titles
created 10 months ago
 
list image
a list of 36 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 220 titles
created 2 days ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hoodwink" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hoodwink (1981)

Hoodwink (1981) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hoodwink.
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lantana (2001)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney.

Director: Ray Lawrence
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey
Menotti (TV Series 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Stars: Ivar Kants, Peter Gwynne, Geoffrey Rush
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a handsome but poor Tuscan dentist and dies in childbirth, her English in-laws try to gain custody of the baby.

Director: Charles Sturridge
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves
Mercury (TV Series 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The Sunday Mercury is a weekly paper published in Melbourne that tends to upset the government in power (and the opposition) as it reports the news. Reporters scramble to get their story on... See full summary »

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Victoria Longley, David Roberts
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A trooper with the British Special Air Service (SAS) infiltrates a radical political group who are planning a terrorist operation against American dignitaries. A glamourized look at the ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Sharp
Stars: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Richard Widmark
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies.

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, Emily Watson
$9.99 (2008)
Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Sydney apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives.

Director: Tatia Rosenthal
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Samuel Johnson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In mid-1800's England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Lavinia and Suzette, former rock groupies and best friends, reconnect after twenty years; one is still as wild as ever, while the other has adopted a more conservative life-style.

Director: Bob Dolman
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, Geoffrey Rush
Dash and Lilly (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Biographical look at the bombastic love affair that writers Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman shared in 1940 and 50's Hollywood. Refusing to marry, but deeply in love, the two engaged in... See full summary »

Director: Kathy Bates
Stars: Sam Shepard, Judy Davis, Bebe Neuwirth
The Added Dimension (Video 1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Ian Bone
Stars: Keith Spurr, Geoffrey Rush, Marina Finlay
Being Brendo (TV Series 2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Everything from BDSM to drag queens, gay bashings to gay-bies. In 'Being Brendo', being gay is just the beginning.

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Denise Scott, Judith Lucy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hargreaves ...
...
Sarah
Dennis Miller ...
Ralph
...
Lucy
...
Buster
Paul Chubb ...
Reid
...
Martin's sister
...
Shapley
Kim Deacon ...
Marion
Les Foxcroft ...
Baldy
...
Robert
Ralph Cotterill ...
Shakey
Brian McDermott ...
Collins
Paul Sonkkila ...
Lancaster
...
Edit

Storyline

True story about a jailed bank robber who pretends he's become blind to get an early release. Cops don't believe him, but a lonely minister's wife arrives to teach him how to live with his "condition". They fall in love. Big mistake.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's a bluff ... but can he con them all? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 November 1981 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Hoodwink - pakoon!  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Theatrical feature film debut for Geoffrey Rush. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hoodwink (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?