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Came a Hot Friday (1985)

PG | | Comedy | 4 October 1985 (USA)
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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Peter Bland ...
Wes Pennington
Phillip Gordon ...
Cyril Kidman
Michael Lawrence ...
Billy T. James ...
The Tainuia Kid
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Sel Bishop
Don Selwyn ...
Norm Cray
Marise Wipani ...
Esmerelda
Erna Larsen ...
Dinah
Phillip Holder ...
Dick (as Philip Holder)
Tricia Phillips ...
Claire
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Don's Dad
Michael Morrissey ...
Morrie
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Darkie Benson
Hemi Rapata ...
Kohi
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Aunt Agg
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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 eccentricity. Written by Vanessa Der Klawer <vandrklw@is.nyu.edu>

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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 »

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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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One of NZ film's classics...
31 December 1998 | by (Auckland New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Okay, it's not as successful as Hercules or Xena, Warrior Queen... But the NZ film industry can be justifiably proud of this production - it's a great laugh with the performance of the late Billy T James as the Kid stealing the show. Taniwha, dodgy bets, the bookie at the pub, listening to the TAB results on the National Programme - it couldn't have been made anywhere but NZ.


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