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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Willa O'Neill ...
Emma
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Scott
Ashleigh Seagar ...
Nicola
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Alex (as Taika Cohen)
Charlie Bleakley ...
Graham
Jon Brazier ...
Kevin
Mark Neilson ...
Gordy
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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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Willa O'Neill had a serious allergic reaction to the face paint used for the scene when they are going to the Auckland/Otago rugby match. She had to leave it on despite the burning, as there were no other options and the paint had to be re-applied the next few days leaving O'Neill with red bumps all over her face. 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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It doesn't have to be original to still be a good movie
5 March 2001 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Scarfies to me was a mix of Shallow Grave, Suicide Kings and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. All good movies. The story-line (5 young students find an abandoned cellar full of soft-drugs and become dope dealers for one day, but then they meet the 'real' dealer) isn't that special or really original. However, the way the story is told, the way the five act and the whole situation still makes a very good movie.

That's the power of movie making: the way you tell the story and the way you choose to let your actors act. New Zealand is producing lot's of good movies lately and this is one that you definitely want to see if you're into the black-humor thing. The twist at the end (I won't spoil it) is clever found and still leaves you with an afterthought. On a scale from 1 to 10 I would give it an 8.


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