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.

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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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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.

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

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5 November 1981 (Australia)  »

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Hoodwink - pakoon!  »

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Producer Errol Sullivan once said of this film: "We should have realized that Phil [Noyce], Esben [Storm] and the others [Bruce Beresford and Michael Thornhill] were right. But I was committed to the story, and we'd put our own money into the development, so we decided to muscle it through and hire a foreign director [Claude Whatham]. In hindsight, that was a mistake." 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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