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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 overview, first billed only:
Alwyn Kurts ...
Mr. Ball
Robert, Carey's Father
John Walton ...
Jerry Finn
Cheryl Ball
Wendy Robinson
Kim Barry
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Caroline Wallace
Frank Fletcher
John Flaus ...
Gary Adams ...
Toni Lamond ...
Mrs. Lorna Ball
Jillian Murray ...
Ophelia, Carey's Mom (as Jillian Murray)


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's about to teach big business that there's more to life than the bottom line. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 November 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Efficiency Expert  »

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Box Office


$101,307 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


[Carey's little brother sees him writing a poem.]
Carey's Brother: Hee-hee-hee. Who's Cheryl?
Carey: No one you'd know. A model.
Carey's Brother: "I wake up with the sun, bright and new. I listen to the sun, and the early morning dew." Dew doesn't make any noise.
Carey: What? Look, it's my poem, I can write what I like.
Carey's Brother: Just trying to help. If I was you I'd stick to drawing.
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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 »


References Thunder Alley (1967) See more »


Catch the Wind
Written by Donovan (as Donovan Leitch)
Performed by Donovan
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User Reviews

Who wants to be a millionaire.......
13 May 2000 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Even thinking briefly of this film and I end up humming this tune all day just like Carey's Dad. If you love films which are truly character-driven and sublime in the details, then this film will delight you. You may even begin to see the romance in sitting looking out over an oil refinery or the expertise demanded for racing slot-cars. What a little gem.

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