Came a Hot Friday (1985)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  4 October 1985 (USA)
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Set in post-war (1949) rural New Zealand, this film traces the efforts of two con men to run a betting scam in a small town (Tainuea) already rife with illegal gambling corruption, and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Bland ...
Wes Pennington
Phillip Gordon ...
Cyril Kidman
Michael Lawrence ...
Billy T. James ...
The Tainuia Kid
Sel Bishop
Don Selwyn ...
Norm Cray
Marise Wipani ...
Erna Larsen ...
Phillip Holder ...
Dick (as Philip Holder)
Tricia Phillips ...
Don's Dad
Michael Morrissey ...
Darkie Benson
Hemi Rapata ...
Aunt Agg


Set in post-war (1949) rural New Zealand, this film traces the efforts of two con men to run a betting scam in a small town (Tainuea) already rife with illegal gambling corruption, and eccentricity. Written by Vanessa Der Klawer <>

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The brand of green plastic roofing visible above the saxophonist's balcony was not in use in the 1940s. See more »


Sel Bishop: [pointing a rifle at Wes] You're dumb, Pennington! You're stupid! And, my God, I hate stupid people!
Wes Pennington: [indignantly] I have a degree in economics!
Sel Bishop: Shut up!
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Excellent fun
30 October 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is an an enjoyable, pleasant, simple romp through the New Zealand country side and bush in the 1940s; Marshall Napier steals the show as the bad guy - Billy T James would have done, for his eccentric performance as the Tainui Kid, but you need subtitles to understand him. The script is crisp and has some great one-liners but some of the acting is a little on the amateur side and Ian Mune's direction, as always, lacks any real spark. The quality of the story lifts the film above that. Incidentally, for the benefit of a previous poster, Billy T James, as the Tainui kid, is a Maori, not an 'Aboriginal' which is not a socially respectable term anyway. Aborigines are found in Australia, a couple of thousand miles away.

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