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The Efficiency Expert (1992)
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 -  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 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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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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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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When the Anthony Hopkins character shows his wife the trophy he won at the slot car race, you can clearly see the tape on the rug that marks her spot in the shot. 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 »

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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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They do good work "down under."
31 August 2000 | by (Bay City, MI) – See all my reviews

Who knew Hannibal Lector could be so subtly funny and filled with pathos. Hopkns turns in a marvelous role of the efficiency consultant who thinks nothing of recommending that half a work force be fired for better profits. Then he visits a down and out shoe company and meets his match in the Mendelshohn and Kurts characters and the rest of their workmates. Indeed, Kurts steals the film as the owner who lives back then and hopes that his efficiency expert can get him and his factory into the modern era, but does not expect it to be as brutal and painful as it is.

Kudos to all. If you want a droll comedy that gives remarkable insight into the human dilemma, rent this. You will not regret it. In closing, pay close attention to how Hopkins portrays a plethora of emotions with only his facial and non verbal reactions. He is a genius!


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