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Chopper (2000)

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

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Renée Brack ...
Television Interviewer (as Renee Brack)
Gregory Pitt ...
Prison Officer #1
Richard Sutherland ...
Prison Officer #2
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Keithy George
Simon Lyndon ...
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Bluey
Gary Waddell ...
Kevin Darcy
Andrew Dunn ...
Prison Officer #3
Caleb Cluff ...
Detective Creswell
Hilton Henderson ...
Detective Wyatt
Fred Barker ...
Governor Beasley
Alan Close ...
Medical Officer
Carl Price ...
Brunswick Court Judge
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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. Written by Anonymous

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Never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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3 August 2000 (Australia)  »

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Chopper - A kegyetlen  »

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Budget:

AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,044 (USA) (13 April 2001)

Gross:

$234,259 (USA) (20 July 2001)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An important shot of Chopper walking down the street towards the camera, in slow-motion, and with everyone else in the shot out of focus is filmed in exactly the same manner as a similarly important shot of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976). See more »

Goofs

At Tanya's house you see the car lights are on as Chopper goes to her front door. When he comes back and beats the car in frustration - they are off. See more »

Quotes

Chopper: Jimmy, if you keep stabbing me, you're going to kill me.
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Referenced in Funny People (2009) See more »

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Forever Now
Performed by Cold Chisel
Written by Steve Prestwich
(© 1982 Big Bang Music Publishing Pty Ltd)
All rights administered by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd)
Courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Great acting by Eric Bana lifts this above your average gangster flick
7 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I want to start by saying that I hate gangster movies. I thoroughly dislike being asked to identify with murderers and criminals and to treat organised criminals as "anti-heroes". With this in mind I was quite surprised to find that I really enjoyed "Chopper".

As previous reviewers have said, this is essentially a character study rather than a story. The reason it works so well is that Mark Brandon Read is a compelling character beautifully impersonated by Eric Bana. Anyone who's ever seen an interview with Read himself can appreciate what a close impersonation Bana achieves; his sudden guffawing laugh and light-hearted way of talking about his really unpleasant deeds being perfectly copied. The movie manages to do what I'm sure Read himself has achieved in real life - it tricks you into liking him before revealing that his hair-trigger temper and propensity for paranoia and violence make him a dangerous person to be around. The thing that keeps you watching is Chopper's jovial nature but also his unpredictability. In circumstances where other gangsters would have gone on a killing spree, Chopper just shrugs and takes it in his stride. But likewise, in throughly innocuous circumstances, his paranoia can kick in at any moment and send him on a violent outburst.


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