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A black comedy revolving around the humiliating lengths that people will resort to in order to get by in an unstable financial world from applying for welfare to the compromise of personal ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
George Baines
Stephen Spender ...
Jan Wells
Sylvia Baines
Patrick Rengger ...
Tamsin Kelsey ...
Eileen Baines
Josh Williams ...
Andy Curtis ...
Rainer Kahl ...
Security Guard
Bank Clerk
John Heywood ...
Old Man at Welfare
Walt Healy ...
WW II Veteran
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Benedict ...
Welfare Clerk
David Brindle ...
Dr. Memory
Alan Duffy ...
Telemarketing Supervisor


A black comedy revolving around the humiliating lengths that people will resort to in order to get by in an unstable financial world from applying for welfare to the compromise of personal ideals to all out robbery. The film follows four characters - two leftover punks from the 80s, a typical gray-suited businessman and a vegetarian idealist - in their desperate struggle to hold onto their respective stations in life. These deftly interwoven stories form a cautionary tale of how people deal with the search for quick cash. In desperate times, even good people turn to bad money. Written by John Hazlett and Blake Brooker

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A Truly Funny, Quirky Film




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29 October 1999 (Canada)  »

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Eileen Baines: Funerals are such a solemn time. You can make them a more..."up" experience by distributing cookie dough, wrapped in dark parchment to your mourners
Murray: All Finished, Mrs Baines
Eileen Baines: Murray did you know that cookie dough is one of the best ways of saying "welcome to my home"? And the dark parchment, well, that speaks for itself. If you can't find dark parchment at your local supplier, you can always use some black string, and well if you can't find that, you can use a black shoelace. Just make sure it's...
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Extremely underrated, as it is very funny, but without lavish production values
22 April 2000 | by (In shame (2005 update)) – See all my reviews

'Bad Money' is not a great film, it's an average or slightly above average comedy that's neither big or memorable. Still, the producers/director did wonders with a limited budget, and it is at times very funny.

Academy Award winner Graham Greene (Thunderheart, Dances With Wolves) does a very good job, and whoever wrote the script also deserves credit.

The plot is original and the quirky characters, especially Graham Greene's extremely annoying wife, are hilarious. The climax leaves something to be desired, as it is quite non-Hollywood, but doesn't quite succeed on all levels.


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