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The Big Steal (1990)

To impress a girl a shy teenaged boy buys a used Jaguar.

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Danny Clark
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Joanna Johnson
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Desmond Clark
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Mark Jorgensen
Angelo D'Angelo ...
Vangeli Petrakis
Tim Robertson ...
Desmond Johnson
Maggie King ...
Edith Clark
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Gordon Farkas
Sheryl Munks ...
Pam Schaeffer
Lise Rodgers ...
Mrs. Johnson
Frankie J. Holden ...
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Mark Hennessy ...
Jimmy
Roy Edmunds ...
George
Mike Nikol ...
Dougy
Andrew Spence ...
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Danny wants two things in life more than anything else, one is a Jaguar and the other is Joanna Johnson. After Danny's parents give him their beloved Nissan Cedric, Danny works up the courage to ask Joanna out on a date.... One problem! He tells her that he owns a Jaguar, and to prove otherwise, he trades in the Cedric for an early model Jag. At the car yard he is conned into believing he is getting the deal of the century by the salesman, Gordon "Farkas". Written by Glenn Stewart <glenn_stewart@hotmail.com>

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20 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Trivia

First leading role in a cinema movie of Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn. See more »

Goofs

When we first see the lads in the car park, you can see one of the Tropicana Free Parking vouchers on the wall of the office (near the lightswitch). It's not till later on that they actually make the vouchers. See more »

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Desmond Johnson: [to Danny] And don't you try touching her breasts.
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Precious Time
Written by Phil Judd and Tim Finn
Performed by Tim Finn and Phil Judd
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True Aussie dilemmas of the young and in love !
26 January 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It doesn't matter if you like teen movies or not , once you have seen the Aussie version of this genre you will forget all the rest. Ben Mendelson and Claudia Carvan make you fall into the plot as a teen couple from different sides of the school yard who eventually fall in love. However , as with all teenage boys , Danny Clarke (Mendelson) cant resist the fallacy of having to find a way to impress the girl and win her love, and you guessed it , it involves a CAR ! A jaguar no less ! Anyway , with the help of his friends they get the car of his dream only to realize that they have been ripped off by the car yard he bought it from. Needless to say, the girl is not impressed by cars, and the resulting chaos of getting back at the car dealer ends up in a hilarious comedy of everyone chasing each other around. I still remember this film as the one that made me fall head over heels in love with Claudia Carvan.... Didn't You ?


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