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The Efficiency Expert (1992)
"Spotswood" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  6 November 1992 (USA)
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An expert on productivity shows wacky workers in 1966 Australia how to run their moccasin factory like clockwork, despite laying off more than half the workforce.

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Carey
Alwyn Kurts ...
Mr. Ball
Bruno Lawrence ...
Robert, Carey's Father
John Walton ...
Jerry Finn
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Cheryl Ball
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Wendy Robinson
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Angela Punch McGregor ...
Caroline Wallace
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Frank Fletcher
John Flaus ...
Gordon
Gary Adams ...
Kevin
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Ron
Toni Lamond ...
Mrs. Lorna Ball
Jillian Murray ...
Ophelia, Carey's Mom (as Jillian Murray)
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Storyline

Wallace is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems from another era, Wallace has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is confronted by the human faces such plans hurt. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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He entered their factory as the enemy. He left as their hero. See more »

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Rated PG for mild language and brief mild violence | See all certifications »

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6 November 1992 (USA)  »

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$101,307 (USA)
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Carey walks past two railway carriages with the word 'VLine' on them. VLine is the trading name of the State Transport Authority. It was formed in 1983 when the Victorian Railways was split into two organisations. However the film is set in the 1960s and Vline did not exist at this time. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Wallace: [about his factory client] How's the new place?
Wallace: Oh, its strange. It's like visiting my grandfather's house and finding it full of people.
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Crazy Credits

The 1960s in Australia were a period of great upheaval, followed by downheaval and, eventually, heaval. Presiding over this indecision were great experts such as Errol Wallace and Jerry Finn. They were efficiency consultants. See more »

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See It For The Slot Car Race
13 July 2005 | by (Long Island, USA) – See all my reviews

SPOTSWOOD, which, in American release, is called THE EFFICIENCY EXPERT, is a rewarding movie for those who pay attention. I've watched it three times in the last three nights and liked it more each time. Briefly, Anthony Hopkins plays one of these guys who goes from company to company telling management how costs can be cut. It being Anthony Hopkins, you know he's going to look calm and cool while hating what he's doing. (Think of MEET JOE BLACK.) If you've seen the Ealing comedies from the 50s you'll see that SPOTSWOOD is much in the mode of those. The best part of this movie is its focus on the factory Hopkins visits. The characters are droll, but relatively realistic, and, of course, you don't want Hopkins to cause them the misfortune he seems poised to introduce into their lives. The movie is a bit weak in relating the story of Carey (Ben Mendelsohn), a young machinist who worships the boss's daughter from afar. Given that this is a comedy about workers versus big money, the love triangle almost derails the satire (enter Toni Collete as the saintly factory girl Ben Mendelsohn keeps ignoring.) In any case, even in its weak spots it's so well-acted (dig Russell Crowe as an up-and-coming shark) that it holds your interest. There is a really great scene of pure cinema. This is a slot-car race, filled with suspense and laughter. I have yet to see an Australian movie that didn't have at least one almost impossible-to-film moment. The land that gave us 90-some minutes of almost-impossible-to-film moments (that's THE ROAD WARRIOR, of course) offers a marvelous mini-moment in this scene. There is at least one great sight gag ("Don't turn the key until I tell you...") and some very moving moments led by Alwyn Kurts as the owner of the targeted factory. This is a very well-made, amusing motion picture. Also, check out Hopkins in one scene in close-up, when he's laying down his cynical law to Alwyn Kurts. He's got the back of his hand just under his own jaw-bone, and he's moving it in a sawing action. It reminded me of Brando in APOCALYPSE NOW.


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