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Two Irish actors (Jimeoin McKeown, Alan McKee) flee from 1988 Belfast after a violent confrontation with a leader (Robert Morgan) of the IRA and illegally enter Australia. Seeking acting ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimeoin ...
Fergus Montagu (as Jimeoin McKeown)
Alan McKee ...
Wesley Murray
Colin Hay ...
Barry
Bob Franklin ...
Bob
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Colin / Steven Phillips
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Derek Johnson
Jane Hall ...
Alice
Catherine Arena ...
Erica
Geoff Paine ...
Russell
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Margo
Anne Phelan ...
Truck Driver
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Farmer
Beverley Dunn ...
Farmer's Wife
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English Guy
Kyle Morrison ...
Ron
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Two Irish actors (Jimeoin McKeown, Alan McKee) flee from 1988 Belfast after a violent confrontation with a leader (Robert Morgan) of the IRA and illegally enter Australia. Seeking acting work, the two fear immigration officers. McKeown happens to get selected as the bachelor on a TV dating game and wins a trip to Queensland just as the pair's apartment is raided by immigration. McKee escapes just in time and joins his friend. Meanwhile, the IRA leader is sent to Australia in a witness protection program after he gives up some of his former colleagues. The two then spend the remainder of the movie being pursued by the immigration officers and the vengeful IRA head. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The bad guys want them dead. Immigration want them out. All they want is a good time. See more »

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29 April 1999 (Australia)  »

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The aboriginal boy gives his name as Ron Barassi. Ron Barassi was a champion Australian Rules football player and coach. He played for Melbourne. The aboriginal boy wears a Melbourne jumper with Ron Barassi's number (31) on it. See more »

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Wesley Murray: Lovely, fuckin' lovely.
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References Neighbours (1985) See more »

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You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Written by James Wirrick and Sylvester (as Sylvester James) (uncredited)
Performed by Sylvester
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Cheerful comedy, not a classic
1 February 2001 | by (Newcastle, Australia) – See all my reviews

Jimeoin writes and stars in this cheerful little "fish-out-of-water" flick about two Irish guys in Australia on the run from Immigration and

a head-case IRA man.

Some of the scenarios are clearly developments of Jimeoin's stand-up comedy routines. Australian audiences will be best placed to pick the gleeful reworkings of Aussie "culture". The dating game spoof in particular is a hoot.

Good use of outback locations, but that's a bit redundant. Have you ever read a comment "there was lousy use of Australian outback locations - it didn't look good at all."? Point a camera pretty much anywhere in outback Australia and you'll get decent footage simply because of the light, colour and space.

Another highlight - Perennial character actor "Bud" Tingwell as a mad melon farmer.

Drawbacks - the Irish characters need subtitles at times due to their impenetrable accents. Too many set-pieces linked by a threadbare plot. But for all that, acceptable light entertainment.


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