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Story of the ways in which insurance investigator Roland Copping interferes in and manipulates the lives of others with outrageous games and gimmicks. Eventually he becomes involved in an ... See full summary »

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Roland Copping
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Jonathan Wheats
Josephine Byrnes ...
Beth Wheats
Mitchell McMahon ...
Young Roland Copping
Andrew McMahon ...
Young Matthew
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Mother (as Rebel Russell)
Peter Mochrie ...
Michael Allen
Helen O'Connor ...
Margaret
Colleen Clifford ...
Mrs. Waterson
Vincent Ball ...
Judge
Gandhi MacIntyre ...
Cartel Valuer
Christina Ormani ...
Telephone Girl
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Detective Simms
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Detective Alan
Ian Cockburn ...
Matthew
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Story of the ways in which insurance investigator Roland Copping interferes in and manipulates the lives of others with outrageous games and gimmicks. Eventually he becomes involved in an escalating vendetta with a couple who make an unusual insurance claim. Written by Anonymous

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He's No Ordinary Insurance Man -- You Can Bet Your Life On It! See more »

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17 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Written by Alpert/Coleman
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Published by Rondor Music (Australia) Pty Ltd
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Weird mix that doesn't totally work
17 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Beth comes home to find a burglar in her home. During a struggle she kills him and is later cleared of manslaughter. However insurance investigator Roland Copping begins to look into the case looking for fraud. He eventually finds a fraud by Beth's husband Jonathon and begins to blackmail the couple in a game where the stakes continually rise.

This is an Australian comedy - oops! immediate turn off for me. And it stars Phil Collins - double oops. Whenever I see Phil Collins in a film my immediate assumption is that they couldn't get Bob Hoskins. This really needed to do something special to win me over. And for the first half it does - the robbery scenes are good and then Collins uncovering the fraud is very interesting. However the second half is all a bit daft - Collin's living in an unlikely toy-store house with a range of gadgets and Jonathon being drawn into a deadly game. It has it's moments but the second half is a bit silly.

The cast are mixed. Collins is not a great actor and hams it up - however here the film so overdone that his style almost fits.....almost. His childhood is not well enough explored and instead we are treated to fancy sets and fantasy sequences that aren't set in any context. Byrnes is good as the harassed wife but Hugo Weaving is lost with a stretched role where he has to jump from gentle husband to being on the same level as Collins.

Overall the first half is quite interesting - you don't totally know what's going on in every situation. However the second half is a bit silly and Collins loses any believability as a character. It's a little entertaining but the colourful child-like set takes away much of the dark mystery of the first half.


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