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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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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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First lead starring role in a feature film for actress Noni Hazlehurst. See more »

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Javo: Come on babe, we can outlast the lot of 'em.
Nora: We see so little of each other we're bound to.
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Boys in Town
Written by Christina Amphlett & Mark McEntee
Performed by Divinyls
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A fine example of everything wrong with Australian cinema
11 August 2007 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

What a dog of a movie. Noni Hazelhurst's performance is quite good, but it sits amidst a jungle of abhorrent scriptwriting, mediocre direction and wooden acting from the bulk of the cast. Many of the characters are woefully miscast, particularly the ever overrated Colin Friels.

Very little works in this pretentious garbage. Much of the "character development" is done through a silly, angst-ridden voice over and frequently completely contradicts the behaviour of characters on-screen. In fact, it's hard to even figure out who the voice overs are talking about because they describe such different characters to who we see on screen! How are we meant to know Colin Friels (Javo) is meant to be an erratic, violent and unreliable junkie? One of these silly voice overs tells us. For crying out loud, the nature of his character is half the point of the movie and the only thing that lets us know is a flippin' voice over! The real killer is the characters. Everything about them. Their clothes are perfectly maintained and look fresh from the rack, despite the fact we are constantly reminded they are meant to be artsy paupers. They are all absurdly well-spoken for "junkies". None seem to have any real comprehension of life on the skids or on smack and yet this is meant to be the case with most of them.

Monkey Grip deserves no more attention than a weekday TV movie matinée. Crud like this, perfectly well shot and technically presented, but a cliché-driven angsty drama that shoots so wide of being plausible and meanders about for hours without really going anywhere. At least Noni gets down to her birthday suit at every given opportunity. There's no other sane reason to endure this junk.


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