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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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12 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Chopper - A kegyetlen  »

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Box Office

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

As everyone probably knows, "Somewhere over the Rainbow", the original song to accompany the opening credits of "Chopper", was written especially for the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz (1939). Curiously, in L. Frank Baum's original stage version in 1903, the Tin Man was referred to as (Mick) Chopper. See more »

Goofs

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: You reckon he'd want to throw a bit of cash my way?
Nick: Yeah, nah, I don't think he'd go for that.
Chopper: Well fuck him, he'll have to go for it. Nev?
Neville Bartos: Yeah?
Chopper: I hear you want to give me some money.
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Connections

Spoofed in Chopper (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Ever Lovin' Man
Performed by The Loved Ones
Written by Ian Clyne (as Clyne) / Gerry Humphrys (as Humphries) / Gavin Anderson (as Anderson) / Rob Lovett (as Lovett) / Kim Lynch (as Lynch)
(Mushroom Music Pty Ltd)
Courtesy of Mercury Records Australia
Under license from Universal Music Australia 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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