Chopper (2000)

Unrated  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Crime  |  3 August 2000 (Australia)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Lyndon ...
Keithy George
Detective Downie
Kenny Graham ...
Keith Read
Serge Liistro ...
Sammy the Turk
Pam Western ...
Tanya's Mother
Gary Waddell ...
Kevin Darcy
Brian Mannix ...
Ian James
Skye Wansey ...
Annalise Emtsis ...
Johnnie Targhan ...
Paul the Bouncer (as Johnnie Targan)


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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Release Date:

3 August 2000 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Chopper - A kegyetlen  »

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AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$234,259 (USA) (20 July 2001)

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Did You Know?


Referring to the police as 'Amanda Duncan' is unusual. The term may have arisen from an amalgamation of names from an Australian television series, _Cop Shop (1977)_. Paula Duncan played a character called Danni Francis, while Lynda Stoner played a character called Amanda King. See more »


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 »


Mandy: Jimmy and the boys are bringing the car. You help set up the big fellow, it'll make you a star.
Sammy the Turk: They said they had it farmed out, they had it ghosted. But when I walked out the door, they just left me posted.
Jimmy Loughnan: The gun was for real, it was not a lark. But the twit took him out to the wrong car park.
Chopper: Silly boys, that's all that Chopper had to say, and poor little Sammy got blown away.
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Demented, disturbed and delightful
19 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Look at Eric Bana, he is a hot, studly Hollywood actor. I know this because I have oogled over him in his post-Chopper movies. I only discovered Chopper after seeing him in such movies as Troy and The Hulk, and I'm glad I did. What a treat it was to see him in this fabulous indie film before he became a Hollywood sex God. No, he was not the handsome, dashing Aussie fellow that American females have been drooling over since his role as Prince Hector in the cheese-filled film Troy, but instead he showed us that he really can act and take on a very difficult role and do it with real grace. The physical transformation he underwent to play Chopper is insane. Imagine that just a short time later he was playing a fit and sexy Delta boy in Black Hawk Down. That, in and of itself, it quite impressive. I've always been a fan of the demented and dark comedies, and love movies like Pulp Fiction, but Chopper takes the cake. This movie has all the comedic violence of Pulp Fiction, but portrays it in a grittier and more subtle way. This movie makes you think, and it's more than just good fights and death scenes, it's really artful. Eric does such a wonderful job making you love this truly despicable character.

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