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Monkey Grip (1982)

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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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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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Appearing in this film, actress Alice Garner, was the daughter of the film's source novelist, Helen Garner. As the novel was auto-biographical, the film therefore is at least partially biographical for Alice Garner. See more »

Quotes

Javo: What's going on with you and Martin?
Nora: Did he say something to you?
Javo: He thinks you're getting sick of him.
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Gonna Get You
Written by Mark McEntee
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Ignore the blurb, this is not a dirty movie.
23 May 2000 | by (Toronto Ontario) – See all my reviews

This is a very interesting film. It is taken from a novel that won a prestigious prize. Can I admit that I really enjoyed this film, while admitting that nothing _really_ happens? There are no car chases, or gun-fights. I don't even think I remember any fist-fights. Nora and her daughter meet and interact with interesting, intelligent, troubled people in Australia in the seventies.

Nora is under-employed in the alternative music business. Her main squeeze (Colin Friels) is under-employed as a sometime actor in small theatre. She shares a number of households with other single parents. She tries to raise her kid, and still have some self-fulfilment.

Let me warn you, don't make the mistake of inviting people over to watch this film with you, without warning them to ignore the blurb on the video-box. The last time I rented this film I invited a bunch of people over to watch a double bill: the Merchant-Ivory film "Slaves of New York" and "Monkey Grip". Everyone enjoyed SONY. But everyone left without watching MG. After they left I took a look at the box. It made MG sound like a porno movie. It described Colin Friels character, the heroine's main squeeze, as "sexually volcanic" whatever that means. BS of course. And the blurb writer omits the much more interesting item that he is a junkie. Very embarrassing. In truth MG wasn't any more erotic than Slaves of New York.


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