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Scarfies (1999)

Five kiwi flatmates find something growing in their basement much to their delight, but when the rightful owner comes knocking and finds that they have appropriated the goods things start to go awry.

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Five Otago University students ('Scarfies') decide to squat in an empty house. They discover a locked room that holds a hidden treasure - a large quantity of marijuana. What happens when the cash-strapped students decide to become amateur druglords for the week? And what exactly should they do about the owner of the crop? Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, violence, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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The house is at 49 Brown St. in Dunedin. See more »

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The National Provincial Championship final is portrayed as to only be a few weeks after the start of the school year. The University of Otago school year actually begins in late February, while the NPC finals are held in late October - 8 months later. See more »

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[first lines]
Scott: You come about the flat?
Emma: [yes]
Scott: I warn ya, this place is free for a reason. It's a shit hole. Still want to have a look?
Emma: Yes.
Scott: Okay. Guided tour... Hallway, dark, damp, rat-infested.
Emma: Nice.
[heads up the stairs]
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References Blue Heelers (1994) See more »

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Wickedly cool
6 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

There is a certain paradox in watching New Zealand films as a New Zealander. It is a breath of fresh air to see one's own culture, surroundings and accent (!) on the big screen, and Scarfies was no exception. However what we see of ourselves is usually grim, dark, and dare I say it 'uneasy' (thanks Sam). Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoying this fantastic film. To see it in the town where it is set, in a crowd of people who the characters were modeled on was a singularly unique experience. Watching the premiere was more like being at an Otago match than inside a film theatre! The performances were all outstanding, and the plot delivered some pearlers. The scene where Charlie Bleakley scrambles around on the roof was nail-biting. The overall tone of the film captured the spirit of Dunedin... bleak, grey, yet full of spirited uni students having a ball despite the weather and financial adversity. The state of the flat was slightly exaggerated - but not by much! I found the sh*t scene a little bit Trainspotting-esque, but then I had my eyes closed for most of that part anyway. Overall, it's great to see some quality Kiwi action on the big screen.


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