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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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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 ...
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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The truth, the half-truth, and nothing like the truth. 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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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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1.85 : 1
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Robert Rabiah arrived at the "Chopper" audition early and was rehearsing with an acting friend outside; 30 minutes later he was swooped on by a 15-man SWAT team. Apparently in the scene he was testing for he gets shot, so true--to the "Method", he went through the action. A lady driving by saw what she thought was a real shooting and called it in. It took director Andrew Dominik and Casting Agent Gregory Apps to explain what was going on. A week later Rabiah got the call and got the part. He was quoted as saying to the director, "How much reality do you want?". 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 »

Quotes

Chopper: No, I did not drive him to the hospital! Do I look like Mother Teresa to you?
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Spoofed in Chopper (2001) 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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Chopper; rough title, intense movie
16 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Chopper is a great film. Andrew Dominik, the director, did a splendid job. The film seems so realistic, the brutality, the dialogues, the places, the characters, it's all so well adapted to the kind of movie that Chopper is. The acting is really amazing, especially from Eric Bana, who plays Chopper. This man has the talent to make every single feeling of his character visible, and realistic. The violence, while being pretty graphic and brutal, isn't gratuitous or exaggerated (except for some scenes with too much blood letting). The violence "hits" the viewer, just like he was feeling the pain, it's very well reproduced. The character of Chopper is interesting, as a man who's trying to be a real tough criminal, but still has some feelings...it's Natural Born Killers with nuances...With funny moments, great acting, nicely-written scenario and one very interesting character, Chopper delivers that: Dark humor, attaching characters, great scenario, violence (for the people who like it), and it's a very nice movie. Eric Bana has a lot of future in acting...and Andrew Dominik is a great director that should definitely continue in this business. Chopper is very enjoyable. I give it 8/10.


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