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Romper Stomper (1992)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  12 November 1992 (Australia)
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A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing.

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Cast

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Daniel Pollock ...
Davey
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Gabe
Alex Scott ...
Martin
Leigh Russell ...
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Cackles
James McKenna ...
Bubs
Eric Mueck ...
Champ
Frank Magree ...
Brett
Chris McLean ...
Luke (as Christopher McLean)
Josephine Keen ...
Megan
Samantha Bladon ...
Tracy
Tony Lee ...
Tiger
John Brumpton ...
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Harold
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Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman who is prone to epileptic seizures joins the skins' merry band, and helps them on their run from justice, but is her affliction also a sign of impurity? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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You've never seen anything like it.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for brutality and violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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12 November 1992 (Australia)  »

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$175,340 (USA)
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Daniel Pollock, who plays Davey, committed suicide before the film's release. See more »

Quotes

Flea: Nice p-party mate. I got to get the first bus back to base
Hando: You enjoy being cannon fodder for the system?
Flea: [Shrugs] ... It's a job. See you Hando
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The end credits roll over a sideways view of the beach that fades to gray and then to black. See more »

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Pulling on the boots
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Boisterous rough and ready assault on your senses- perfectly timed
5 January 2004 | by (Manila, Philippines) – See all my reviews

Boisterous rough and ready assault on your senses- perfectly timed and utterly sharp and not boring. Random violence explodes as post- Nazi punks/skinheads glorifying Hitler's racial superiority fantasies rattle the bones of society's apathetic navel- not with some political and social conscience but with some "I'm bored/I'm a misfit/Hmm. Nazism? Sounds interesting" truism.

What they lack in vision (with the exception of Davey and Hando, who are bestfriends and the core leaders of the group) and reasoning they make up for in compulsive, frantic rioting and clumsily lashing out at the "gooks"- the Vietnamese people who they believe are "contaminating" the purity of their all-white community.

For a veritable walking time bomb, Rusell Crowe as Hando the gang leader is super charming and hot. He exudes raw, magnetic power- he's exactly the kind of guy that could skin a cat alive without the pussy knowing it. Add some dangerous visions in his mind- and you have a frightening body count of "dead gooks".

I guarantee that you will never find a dull moment in this movie. The plot just tightens; and you just pity these poor, insecure, hapless but blustering, armed kids. Helen, sexually harassed by her father and another misfit, is bewildered and tender- and she pulls the story together, right when there's no more sympathy left for Hando. The wide shots of the frenzied fighting capture the pulsing desperation of the moment/s; and the music video to "skinheads skinheads" is a classic- one that Quentin Tarantino probably envies.

The twisted ending is ferocious and perfect. It's actually a love story set amidst a society fuelled with hate and boredom and angst; or perhaps it's just a story about three lost souls navigating their squalid community- caught up, vindictive against societal ills (broken families, having "no future", wasted lives looming ahead), eager to lay the blame on something, ready to embrace any brotherhood or credo that will give authenticity to their defiant rage.


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