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Two Hands (1999)

A 19 year old (Heath Ledger) finds himself in debt to a local gangster (Bryan Brown) when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a ... See full summary »

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The Man (as Steve Vidler)
Dale Kalnins ...
Kiwi Bob
Kiri Paramore ...
Les / Origami Presenter
Bill Drury ...
Jesus Freak (as William Drury)
David Moeaki ...
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Mrs. Jones
Evan Sheaves ...
Pete
Jarrah Darling ...
Aaron
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A 19 year old (Heath Ledger) finds himself in debt to a local gangster (Bryan Brown) when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money. Rose Byrne co-stars as a country girl, who Ledger starts a romance on his trip. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Acko and co (the "bad guys") drive a series of cars made by Ford whilst Wozza, Craig and Deidre (the "good guys") drive cars made by Holden. In reality, Ford and Holden are traditional rivals in the car industry and motor racing scene in Australia. See more »

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In the scene where Jimmy arrives at Sharon's apartment building, the light indicates early morning/late afternoon. This would not be possible between the scene before (a 10am meeting with Pando) and the scene after (a midday swim at Bondi Beach). See more »

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Pando: Yeah? Fuckin? where?
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Referenced in At the Movies: Bryan Brown in Conversation (2012) See more »

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Two Hands
Written by Darren Middleton (as Middleton)
Performed by Kate Ceberano
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Quirky Aussie Gem
10 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Two Hands" is a good addition to the Australian Film Catalogue.

It is that curious mix of real life, surreal life, comedy, tragedy and love the Australians have developed on their own.

Heath Ledger is basically a good if naive guy. Wanting to get on he falls in with a local "Big" Man Pando (Bryan Brown). But at the very moment he sets a first toe on the dark path to crime he meets Alex (Rose Byrne). Here is the cause of the error to change his life in ways unexpected. After getting on the wrong side of Pando accidentally, things get very bad very quickly and if not for a little otherworldly help this would have been a short sad film. Yes, Jimmy learns a few lessons in life and no one escapes uninjured in one way or another but at the end of it has a feel good feel to it. Although there is a lawless theme through the story, it is not glorified and helps to show how destructive crime can be on normal lives.

Heath Ledger is excellent as Jimmy, innocent and savvy at the same time, Rose is hypnotic as Alex and Bryan is marvellous as usual. This is a small ensemble of characters are believable and I found myself caring about the good guys and disliking the baddies.

This DVD is usually in the cheap aisle so I would recommend adding it too your DVD collection, it would be money well spent.

8 out of 10


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