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Chopper -- 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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Release Date:
3 August 2000 (Australia) See more »
Never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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12 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Demented, disturbed and delightful See more (158 total) »


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Eric Bana ... Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read
Simon Lyndon ... Jimmy Loughnan

David Field ... Keithy George

Dan Wyllie ... Bluey

Bill Young ... Detective Downie

Vince Colosimo ... Neville Bartos
Kenny Graham ... Keith Read

Kate Beahan ... Tanya
Serge Liistro ... Sammy the Turk
Pam Western ... Tanya's Mother
Gary Waddell ... Kevin Darcy
Brian Mannix ... Ian James
Skye Wansey ... Mandy
Annalise Emtsis ... Shazzy
Johnnie Targhan ... Paul the Bouncer (as Johnnie Targan)

Robert Rabiah ... Nick
Sam Houli ... Robbo
Caleb Cluff ... Detective Creswell
Hilton Henderson ... Detective Wyatt
Fred Barker ... Governor Beasley

Peter Hardy ... Detective Cooney
Marcus Taylor ... Marcus - Jimmy's Mate

David Ross Paterson ... Morris Jeffrey (as David Paterson)

Fletcher Humphrys ... Bucky
Renée Brack ... Television Interviewer
Gregory Pitt ... Prison Officer 1
Richard Sutherland ... Prison Officer 2
Andrew Dunn ... Prison Officer 3
Alan Close ... Medical Officer
Mark Stratford ... Classification Officer
Carl Price ... Brunswick Court Judge
Sarah Jane King ... Glamour Queen
Ernie Gray ... Crown Prosecutor
Terry Willesee ... Current Affairs Show Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eve Hannifer ... (uncredited)
Jordan Janceski ... Disco-Goer (uncredited)
Vikki Thomas ... Witness's best friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Dominik 
Writing credits
Mark Brandon Read (books)

Andrew Dominik (written by)

Produced by
Michele Bennett .... producer
Al Clark .... executive producer
Yvonne Collins .... line producer
Martin Fabinyi .... executive producer
Michael Gudinski .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mick Harvey 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Hall 
Kevin Hayward 
Film Editing by
Ken Sallows 
Casting by
Gregory Apps 
Production Design by
Paddy Reardon 
Art Direction by
Ben Bauer 
Jeffrey Thorp  (as Jeff Thorp)
Costume Design by
Terry Ryan 
Makeup Department
Deborah Lester .... makeup artist
Lindy MacLeod .... hair assistant
Lindy MacLeod .... makeup assistant
Bob McCarron .... prosthetics makeup artist
Kirsten Veysey .... key hair stylist
Kirsten Veysey .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Andy Pappas .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Faulkner .... second assistant director
Emma Jamvold .... third assistant director
Phil Jones .... first assistant director
Rowan Woods .... second unit director
Art Department
Ben Bauer .... stand-by props
Mick Collis .... painter
Ben Corless .... carpenter
Mick Dempsey Jr. .... casual construction laborer
Ric Haddon .... carpenter
Hannah Knowlton .... props buyer
Adam McGoldrick .... set dresser
Gene McGuckin .... graphic artist
Rebekah Anne Prole .... art department assistant
Hugh Richards .... stand-by props
Liam Siddel .... scenic artist
Jan Van Olphen .... construction coordinator
Scott Wiemels .... graphic artist
Melanie Young .... set painter
Sound Department
Matthew Archman .... boom operator
Steve Burgess .... foley recordist
Steve Burgess .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Carden .... sound editor
Frank Lipson .... sound designer
Frank Lipson .... supervising sound editor
Gerard Long .... foley artist
Robert Mackenzie .... sound mixing assistant
Glenn Newnham .... dialogue editor
John Schiefelbein .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Jeff Little .... special effects technician
Andrew McAllister .... special effects technician
Tim O'Brien .... special effects technician
Peter Stubbs .... special effects supervisor
Kevin Turner .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Steve Anderson .... visual effects artist
Charlie Armstrong .... digital compositor
Fiona Crawford .... visual effects producer
Matthew Gidney .... head digital artist: Animal Logic
Zev Eleftheriou .... stunt coordinator
Graham Jahne .... stunts
Christine Wilson .... stunts (as Chris Wilson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wayne Aistrope .... focus puller
Liz Baulch .... video split operator
Karl Engeler .... gaffer
Chris Hansford .... third grip
Richard Hosking .... director of photography: second unit (as Richard Hoskings)
Terry Howells .... focus puller
Jo Johansen .... key grip
Marin Johnson .... assistant camera: second unit
Jonas Juhanson .... key grip (as Jo Juhanson)
Trish Keating .... focus puller
Michael Rich .... grip
John Tsiavis .... still photographer
Anthony Veith .... third electrician
Murray Watt .... clapper loader
Stacey Zarnick .... video split operator
Casting Department
Rachel Bailey .... additional casting
Kirsty McGregor .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelly Foreman .... costume assistant
Andrew Infanti .... wardrobe
Peter O'Halloran .... costume stand-by (as Pete O'Halloran)
Keryn Ribbands .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Steve Evans .... additional editor
Pamela Hammond .... head of post-production
Ian Letcher .... color grader
Julia MacLeod .... negative matcher
Caroline Scott .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ross Cockle .... music score engineer
Jackie Dennis .... music supervisor (as Jacqui Dennis)
Chris Pettifer .... music editor
Transportation Department
Zlatko Kasumovic .... vehicle coordinator
Stan Leman .... unit bus driver
Other crew
Sonia Bednar .... producer attachment
Trevor Blainey .... production accountant
Stephen Brett .... location manager
John Fox .... armorer
Victor Fukushima .... unit assistant
Peter Gawler .... script editor
Jim Hearn .... script editor and additional dialogue
Joanne McLennan .... continuity
Peter Neale .... script editor
Stephen Sewell .... script editor
Pip Smart .... assistant production coordinator
Billy Marshall Stoneking .... script editor
Jo Warren .... production coordinator
Cameron Wood .... location assistant
Cameron Wood .... production runner
Tait Brady .... thanks
Alaric McAusland .... thanks

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94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Eric Bana spent two days living with Mark Brandon Read so he could get a better understanding of how to play his character in the film.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Interviewer:You've written a best-seller...
Chopper:Yeah, I know - and I can't even bloody spell. What about those poor bloody academics, those college graduates, battling their guts out to write some airy-fairy piece of exaggerated artwork? And here's a bloke, sitting in a cell, who can't spell, and he's written a best-seller. It's sold two hundred and fifty thousand copies. And it's still selling. And he's writing another one. And I can't even spell. I'm semi-bloody-illiterate.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Weekend with Chopper (2001) (V)See more »
Don't Fence Me InSee more »


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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Demented, disturbed and delightful, 19 January 2006
Author: hacness from United States

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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