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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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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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Features Neighbours (1985) See more »

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Get A Grip (on Yourself)
Written by Hugh Cornwell (as Cornwell), Dave Greenfield (as Greenfield), Jean-Jacques Burnel (as Burnell) and Jet Black (as Black)
Performed by The Stranglers
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It's funny.
9 August 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this on TV and really enjoyed it. I had avoided renting the movie

  • just didn't trust the cover, but it's a very laid back oz comedy with


heart and I'm glad I didn't switch the channel.

I love the look of the film - all gritty and contrasty, the colours and sunlit scenes shine brightly and create an atmosphere (gave me dejavu, but that's another story). Not sure if the look was deliberate, or whether it's just what the cheapest film stock looks like. Reminded me of 16mm film.

What the film does superbly is make it look like 1988. Not hard I suppose, since it wasn't long ago, but there were some nice touches that made it look like the late 80s.

Lots of genuine funny scenes. If you've Australian and been around a bit, you should like this movie. If you're from anywhere else in the world, there's a good chance you'll get bored.

8 / 10


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