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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Until Wolf of Wall Street, Chopper was the highest grossing R+ film in Australian history. See more »


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


Chopper: [Jimmy has stabbed Chopper seven times] It's all right, Jimmy. I don't hate you. You just broke my heart.
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Black & Blue
Performed by Chain
Written by Taylor / Manning / Sullivan / Harvey
(Festival Music Pty Ltd, Australia)
(P) 1971 Festival Records Australia Pty Ltd
Licensed from Festival Mushroom Group
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Chop, chop, chop, little Chopper chops
19 May 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Thruth and fiction blend in a fun and in some places gross story about the most known criminal of Australia, Mark "Chopper" Reed. Now, I am not Australian, nor have I read Choppers books, so I really can't say how accurate this movie is to towards it's sources but what I can say it does work quite well as a movie.

And as it is stated in the film, the story isn't a salute towards crime, so it doesn't try to be truthful to the max

Chopper (Eric Bana) is a man with a dream: to become most notorious man of Australia. This he tries to achieve by doing crimes, looting and murders but not drugs. He also exaggerates his stories, so no-one actually knows what he has done and in what extent. This give possibilities to tell same stuff from the point of view of other occupants.

Good film, mostly because of brilliant acting by Bana. Defintly his best movie (as an actor) to date.

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