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The Efficiency Expert (1992)

Spotswood (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 6 November 1992 (USA)
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
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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6 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Gross:

$101,307 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film has also been released under the title "Spotswood", the name of the Melbourne suburb in which the film is set. See more »

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

Deep In the Heart of Texas
Written by June Hershey (as Hershey) and Don Swander (as Swandler)
Performed by Geoff Love Banjos
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Dr. Feelgood. (spoilers)
1 January 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Australians have always been great with these kind of movies, feel good comedies. Probably more so than the Americans ever have been, and in part, I think it is because any sort of conflict never really appears as such. Somehow, even when things go wrong, the effect is so neutral, or at least not so bad, that you know things are going to work out. Cosi and The Castle are two recent examples that I can think of. And, funny enough, these are movies that Toni Collette usually shows up in.

This is the story of a British efficiency expert (Anthony Hopkins) hired by an Australian shoe maker (Alwyn Kurts) to assess the progress of his Mocassin factory. What initially appears to be a standard job, turns out to be a lesson in compassion and common sense as the efficiency expert befriends the people who have worked nearly thirty years in the factory.

Our subtext is that of a love story when a young man named Carey (Ben Mendelsohn) is eager to date the boss's rather arrogant daughter, Cheryl (Rebecca Riggs), who is not interested, and is in fact, involved with a sleazy coworker (a very young Russel Crowe). Although, it is one of those stories where it is obvious that the fellow is overlooking the perfect girl for him (Toni Collette, who Mendelsohn also co-stars with in 'Cosi').

It is a sweet comedy, and one you'll likely enjoy if you have been satisfied with other recent Australian feel-good comedies. It's quite a nice, funny little film with great performances all around.


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