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My Entire Life (1996)

Mr. Reliable (original title)
All Wally Mellish, an ex-convict in 1960s Australia, wants to do is live a quiet life with his girlfriend Beryl. Unfortunately when two police officers come around to disturb this, a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wally Mellish
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Beryl Muddle
Ken Radley ...
Mr. Morgan
Graham Rouse ...
Fred
Elaine Cusick ...
Mrs. McIntyre
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Reverend McIntyre
Errol O'Neill ...
Mr. Wilson
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Fay
Rhys Kenny ...
Leslie
Richard Kenny ...
Leslie
Benjamin Kenny ...
Leslie
Gerry Skilton ...
Reggie Muddle
Terry Annesley ...
Wrecking Yard Owner
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Skinny Cop
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Chubby Cop
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All Wally Mellish, an ex-convict in 1960s Australia, wants to do is live a quiet life with his girlfriend Beryl. Unfortunately when two police officers come around to disturb this, a misunderstanding quickly becomes out of control, resulting Wally, Beryl and her child being trapped in their house, surrounded by armed police under the impression that Wally is holding everyone hostage. Events quickly spiral into a media circus as, through the siege, Wally - inadvertently - manages to become a symbol for the anti-war movement. Written by Scott Nisbet

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Rated R for language and a sex scene involving teenagers | See all certifications »
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Based on a true story. See more »

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"To Love Somebody" is noted as being 'Permormed by the Bee Gees ...' in the credits. See more »

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[last lines]
Wally Mellish: I tell ya - it's a strange bloody country, Beryl.
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References Gunsmoke (1955) See more »

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The Loved One
Written by Rob Lovett (as Lovett), Ian Clyne (as Clyne) and Gerry Humphrys (as Mumpheries)
Published by Mushroom Music Pty. Ltd.
Performed by INXS
Courtesy of INXS
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A somewhat under-rated good little Australian movie
15 August 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am probably over critical of most Australian movies, basically on account of the cringe factor, ie,"Gees, they're not going to show THAT somewhere else, are they." Once in a while though, you come across a domestic gem, like "Muriels Wedding", "The Dish", "The Castle", and "Paperback Hero", which I just love to bits, and they seem to put the Australian idiom into some kind of sense, and I love ém. Well anyway, I just found another one to add to that list."Mr Reliable." I remember the incident in the late sixties, when Wally Mellish held his girlfriend/de facto, Beryl Muddle (Yes folks, they were their real names) up in a hostage situation for 5 or 6 days, and it was the talk of the media for a long while. Anyway, it is a lovely, funny, easy to watch little movie that is well worth wasting a couple of hours of your life on. I doubt very much whether Wally was such a likable idiot in real life, and Beryls legs probably didn't go all the way to the ground like they did in the movie, but it is a good watch. You can see the various scrapes that they get into coming a mile away, which really only give the whole thing a sense of inevitability. And it is a great snapshot of mid sixties Australia, in so many respects. The summer heat, the cars, the crowds, the emerging hippy culture, the xenophobia as regards "new Australians", the black and white television. Well worth a look.


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