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Chopper (2000)

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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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The truth, the half-truth, and nothing like the truth. See more »


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Release Date:

3 August 2000 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Chopper - A kegyetlen  »

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Box Office


AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Until Wolf of Wall Street, Chopper was the highest grossing R+ film in Australian history. See more »


At Tanya's house you see the car lights are on as Chopper goes to her front door. When he comes back and beats the car in frustration - they are off. See more »


Chopper: Beethoven had his critics too, Keithy, see if you can name three of them.
[Keithy continues walking back and forth, confused]
Chopper: That's right, you can't.
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Referenced in An Evening with Mark Chopper Read (2013) See more »


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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Say Goodnight To Uncle Chop
22 November 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie was not intended to be solely funny, but with Eric Bana in the lead it was always going to make you laugh. His denial of pain and causing injury while at times hard to watch is also hilarious. Chopper's laugh often steals the show, coming at what appear to be inappropriate times.

It's a brilliant movie with great direction and performances. I'll go an 8 out of 10.

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