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Hard Knuckle (1987)

R | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Sport | TV Movie
In the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia, the most popular sport is Hard Knuckle, a bloodier form of pool. Steve Bisley (Goose from Mad Max) is Harry, a pool hustler, who wants to beat Knuckle champ Top Dog, to get his bike back.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Day ...
David Jay ...
Esben Storm ...
Paul Chubb ...
Graham Matters ...
Susan Leith ...
Richard Moir ...
John Sheerin ...
David Slingsby ...
Andreas Marinos ...
Saran Deling ...
Peashooter's Mate
Brandon Burke ...
Les Asmussen ...


The Hustler meets Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic Australian sports drama, about drifter Harry (played by Steve Bisley, best known for playing Goose in the first Mad Max film), who uses his more than decent pool skills to survive. The most popular non-lethal sport around is Hard Knuckle, a form of billiards (or pool), in which a domino tile is positioned upright on a pool table and if it falls during someone's move, that player loses a tip of his finger. However, the player is allowed to continue with the game after that, if he's able and willing to do so. Harry has lost his bike and the only way to get it back is to beat the standing hard knuckle champion called Top Dog. Since he's practically running the games, only those who prove themselves and pay can play with him, so Harry must play smaller games around the shanty town to earn enough cash to be able to pay to play with the big boys. He uses hustling tactics, but they don't always work. He also hires a kid to be his agent, ...

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This is a Mad Max meets Minnesota Fats pool movie.
27 October 2006 | by (Fort Worth, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

It's true that this is no masterpiece, however, for a pool movie it is really something different and a good time. A post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland is the setting for the future in billiards. Who new pool would make it through the next stage of humanity? *just kidding* I enjoyed this movie enough to watch it twice. There are parts of this film that will make you realize just how bad they want to gamble. You got to love it when they play on the Knuckle Table. It has a small monolith style block in the middle of the table. If you knock over the block, you lose a knuckle off you hand. Yes, folks, billiards has "evolved" to risking life and, OK maybe just limb! We have a hero, Harry, who is a hustler striving to prove he is the best around. I'm not sure how a true hustler would want to be known as the best, but hey, it's the movies! His sidekick is his tiny (and I must say very cute) Chihuahua dog and he picks up a kid as his betting manager. It the future it seems you have to have a manager or agent, in order to gamble pool with the big boys! The plot is Harry's desire to play this guy called Top-Dog. Although he is not allowed to just play him. He must play up through the ranks (kind of like boxing) and he has to have enough cash to even compete. Through all the hustles, bar fights, and (yes) even a little (and I do mean "a little") romantic drama, Harry finds himself deciding on whether or not to take on a risk that he was never willing to take on before.

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