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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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Not awful, but not all that funny
28 June 2016 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

The New Zealand film industry has made some really interesting and entertaining movies over the decades, but this movie is the first real misstep I've experienced from that country. Let me make it clear that it's not awful or merely bad. The production values are first rate; it's amazing how they stretched out a certainly low budget. The performances are good, with the entire cast (especially Billy James) giving very enthusiastic performances. The entire enterprise moves at a very brisk pace, with no slow spots. So what's the problem? Well, I simply didn't laugh that much. To be more exact, I didn't laugh at all, though I did smile a few times. The movie's heart is in the right pace, but its soul isn't really all that humorous. It could just be me, judging from some of the other user comments here, but I wasn't all that tickled. Certainly this is far from the worst comedy movies I have seen in my life, but all the same I was kind of disappointed.


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