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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 ...
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Gary Waddell ...
Kevin Darcy
Andrew Dunn ...
Prison Officer #3
Caleb Cluff ...
Detective Creswell
Hilton Henderson ...
Detective Wyatt
Fred Barker ...
Gov. 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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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3 August 2000 (Australia)  »

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AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,044, 13 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$234,259, 22 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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Despite having his right ear cut off in prison, Chopper's right ear remains visibly intact throughout the movie. See more »

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Keith Read: I just saw on the TV that a man was shot at Bojangles. I thought it was you.
Chopper: Well, it couldn't have been me, could it? Else I wouldn't be standing here.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Senile Dementia
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Written by Chris Bailey
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Courtesy of Lost Records/Luxborough Ltd
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Amazing Performance By Eric Bana!
26 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

CHOPPER (3+ outta 5 stars) Nifty little character study of a notorious Australian criminal... well, notorious in his own mind, at least. The jury is still out on how much of the autobiographical details of the life of "Chopper" read are real and how much is fake... but it does make a compelling story either way. Eric Bana gives a great performance in the lead... nothing else I've ever seen him in prepared me for how good he really is. The character he plays is nasty, repellent, scary, ill-tempered... and still full of charisma. After a violent stint in prison (his motto appears to be "do unto others before they do it unto you") Chopper is sent back out into society. With no other skills besides his knowledge of crime, Chopper offers himself to the local police as a special undercover agent. They, of course, want nothing to do with his boneheaded scheme but he pretends that they do anyway. Inflicting pain (on himself *and* others) seems to be what he is best at and he gets plenty of opportunities to show his stuff. Amusing though it may be at times, the movie is not a glorification of violence... the ferocity and suddenness of it keeps the audience constantly on edge.


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