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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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Detective Downie
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Serge Liistro ...
Sammy the Turk
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Skye Wansey ...
Mandy
Annalise Emtsis ...
Shazzy
Johnnie Targhan ...
Paul the Bouncer (as Johnnie Targan)
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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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AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$234,259 (USA) (20 July 2001)
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Eric Bana spent two days living with Mark Brandon Read so he could get a better understanding of how to play his character in the film. See more »

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The courthouse office behind Chopper in the courthouse scene when Jimmy is cross examining Chopper, is the same person as the prison officer at the end of the movie at Risdon jail. See more »

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Chopper: Beethoven had his critics too, Keithy, see if you can name three of them.
[Keithy continues walking back and forth, confused]
Chopper: That's right, you can't.
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Referenced in A Weekend with Chopper (2001) See more »

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Written by Nick Cave (as Cave) / Mick Harvey (as Harvey)
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Courtesy of The Birthday Party Pty Ltd
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Bravura Film Making - With Aussies!!!!!
11 November 2002 | by (Chatham, Kent) – See all my reviews

Mark Brandon Read (Bana) gains a fierce reputation as a hard man [and the sobriquet: Chopper] as a consequence of 'hitting people just to get himself a name'. A very accurate observation even if 'Chopper' himself maintains his only victims are 'low-life drug dealers' and their ilk.

Excellent example of film as story telling. I saw this 'indie' film on the same weekend as A Beautiful Mind and, my God, the lessons that shambles could have taken from this. Chopper is economically and crisply written with the sweetest doses of irony; marvellously directed with a plethora of techniques that only ever serve the film and it's grossly engrossing story and acted by an ensemble high on talent and clearly working for one another. Bana is a stand-out as the bright, troubled and dangerous hard man making a pathetic journey to emotional as well as physical incarceration; walking a dramatic tight-rope of comedian/homicidal-maniac as he does so with admirable skill and thoroughly believable integrity. Worth viewing by anyone who thinks they like all the ingredients of film and art to come together in the same project. Not worth viewing by anybody who thought the same things came together in A Beautiful Mind!


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