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Monkey Grip (1982)

A frank portrayal of a year in the life of a divorced mother living in Melbourne, trying to cope with her daughter and her own relationship with a drug addict while trying to get into the music business.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noni Hazlehurst ...
Nora
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Javo
Alice Garner ...
Gracie
Harold Hopkins ...
Willie
Candy Raymond ...
Lillian
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Clive
Tim Burns ...
Martin
Christina Amphlett ...
Angela
Don Miller-Robinson ...
Gerald
Lisa Peers ...
Rita
Cathy Downes ...
Eve
Justin Ridley ...
Roaster
Pearl Christie ...
Juliet
Vera Plevnik ...
Jessie
Jamie Fonti ...
Ramondo
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A frank portrayal of a year in the life of a divorced mother living in Melbourne, trying to cope with her daughter and her own relationship with a drug addict while trying to get into the music business.

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Loving, hurting, caring, fighting, winning, losing, all part of ... Monkey Grip

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First lead starring role in a feature film for actor Colin Friels. See more »

Quotes

Nora: [to Javo] When you talk to me and you shut me out like that, you make me feel ugly and stupid, and boring, and I give up.
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Referenced in Aqua Profonda (2004) See more »

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Only You
Written by Christina Amphlett & Mark McEntee
Performed by The Divinyls
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Outstanding film with outstanding performances
6 October 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Noni Hazlehurst, Colin Friels, Alice Garner, Chrissie Amphlett and Michael Caton- what more could you ask for? Monkey Grip based on the prize winning novel of the same name explores Nora (Hazlehurst, a single mother falling for a heroin addict Jobe (Friels). A simple story is made truly extraordinary through the all round magnificent acting (in particular Noni Hazlehurst) and nice use of the small budget. The only flaw is (if you can pick it up) is that the story is set in Melbourne, although for budget reasons, the film was mainly shot in Sydney, so as a result, in a few scenes you see trams (Melbourne scenes) and then a Carlton post office (Sydney scenes). Other than that, "Monkey Grip" is a must see (excuse the clique, but it is) at least for an award winning performance from former "Play School" and "Better Homes & Gardens" presenter Noni Hazlehurst.

10/10


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