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Kev
Jeremy Sims ...
Mick
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Jonah
Graeme Blundell ...
Detective Eric
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Detective Leanne
Robyn Loau ...
Lani
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Mum
Rita Loffo ...
Bank Teller
Stephen Caesar ...
Scary TV Crim
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Scary TV Crim
Mark Perry ...
Scary TV Crim
Emma Tom ...
TV Gangster Moll
Andrew S. Gilbert ...
Greg / Laughing Boy
Lenny Rowe ...
Scary TV Crim
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Terry
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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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The darkly comic tale of the young and useless See more »

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Idiot Box: la caja tonta  »

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Goofs

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

Quotes

Mick: I didn't call you an idiot, I asked if you were an idiot, ya fuckin' idiot!
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Features Running from the Guns (1987) See more »

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Robbery, Adios Car, Generic, Beat Him Up
Written by David Bridie & John Phillips
Mushroom Music Pty Ltd.
Performed by David Bridie & John Phillips
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Idiot Box Boxes Clever
10 October 2002 | by (Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex, England) – See all my reviews

I recently described Idiot Box to somebody as an Australian "Twin Town". They asked "what's Twin Town?". I replied "a Welsh Trainspotting".

What could have been a run of the mill movie about two likeable hoons on the wrong side of the law ( but you root for them anyway ), was saved by some great flashes of direction and an exceptional performance by Ben Mendelsohn as Kev. it is a tribute to his characterization, that no matter how many times I see this film, I find the ending as shocking and as moving as the first time I saw it.

Kev's motto is great "maximum fear, minimum time", but not one I profess to live by.

Good music too.


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