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

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

The last scene shows Carey and Wendy on the house roof with the West Gate Bridge in the background. The film is set in the 1960s but construction of the bridge only started in 1968 with the bridge being completed in 1978. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Sick and Tired
Written by Chris Kenner (as Kenner) and David Bartholomew (as Bartholomew)
Performed by Billy Thorpe
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Truly a values film...
6 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes this is an Australian film, and it is entertaining and fun in that regard. Also seeing Russell Crowe in one of his earliest films is fun. But this film is ultimately about values. What is important to you? What is important in life? This very disconnected man (Hopkins) is good at his job. Very good. He is an efficiency expert. Which is also a euphemism for; he's hired to look for the the least 'productive' people because the company that hired him is about to lay some of them off. (all workers should take notice!). He understands that when his job is complete, and the layoffs announced, he'd best get out of the way, maybe out of town. Then he runs into this little moccasin company where, if truth be told, none of them are very efficient in their jobs. But, is that all there is to life?


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