Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Robyn Loau ...
Rita Loffo ...
Bank Teller
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Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, angry and unemployed, gets the guns. Two undercover cops and a highly strung speed dealer are not far behind. Written by Dan Miles <danmiles@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Idiot Box: la caja tonta  »

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Reflected in a window of the bank building opposite when Kev and Mick are rehearsing their robbery on their bicycles. See more »


Mick: I've got a poem for ya. "You are an idiot, You are a bitch, You shit me to tears, ...I'm goin' down the pub."
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Features Dogs in Space (1986) See more »


Written by David Bridie & John Phillips
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Performed by David Bridie, John Phillips and Alistair Cox
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insightful, frustrated and culturally relevant
15 September 2005 | by (boondocks, Australia) – See all my reviews

What is needed for this film is a cultural reference point, that is some sort of experience/insight to suburban Australian life.

As anyone who has ever lived or spent time in the western suburbs of Sydney will no doubt know, the options for fun and excitement are, to say the least, somewhat limited. All that exists is a cycle of bad straight tovideo movies, longnecks in the park, and conversations with a selection of dodgy blokes in pubs...

Now with that background in place, we come to idiot box. The film, although a comedy, is no satire. It is more an accurate representation of the pointlessness and utter boredom of the Sydney suburbs an draws its humor from such.

A feeling of subdued frustration prevails in this film, in fact it is the general theme of it. The characters plan to rob a bank, however woefully conceived, is an extension on this, a philosophy that it does not matter whether they succeed, fail or even try, it matters only that they have done SOMETHING.

Idiot Box resonates with Sydneysiders, with Australians, it is an extremely relevant and poignant representation of a culture of boredom and frustration,a culture that lays its blame for this othersat the feet of others. It is not a film that translates well to other cultures.

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