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

PG  |   |  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Kim Barry
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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

6 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$101,307 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Goofs

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

Wallace: Uh, excuse me, please, I'm looking for Mr. Ball's office.
[Robert doesn't respond.]
Wallace: Mr. Ball's office?
[No response. He starts to leave.]
Robert: Now, what would be your most direct route? Tell you what. Down this corridor, then left after your third door.
Wallace: Thank you.
[Starts to leave.]
Robert: You'll find two passages: one on your left, one on your right. Ignore them -- they're not the ones you want. Your best best would be... the very next one on the right.
Wallace: Thank you.
[Leaves.]
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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 »

Connections

References National Velvet (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

The Loved One
Written by Rob Lovett (as B Lovett), Ian Clyne (as Clyne) and Gerry Humphrys (as Humphreys)
Performed by The Loved Ones
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Very absorbing...
19 July 1999 | by (Home) – See all my reviews

I first happened apon this movie during the lunchtime movie show around here. I missed bits here and there and promised myself I would get out the video. When I did, I was not dissapointed!

Set in a small inner city suburb, called Spotswood, the comedy is based on a small company which is slowly going under. They hire Mr Wallace (Anthony Hopkins) to come in and assess the situation.

What follows is a deep, but fascinating look into the workings of a small shoe factory...

What I love so much about this movie are the actors. There are so many noticable australian actors playing in this movie. You instantly feel comfortable and apart of the atmosphere.

From the very start, the movie engrosses you, and its great. The slot car race scene is great, as is the relationship between Carey and Cheryl.

Don't miss this if you like Aussie comedies. Fits right in there with great films such as The Big Steal and Cosi.


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