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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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Director:
Writers:
Mark Brandon Read (books)
Andrew Dominik (written by)
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Release Date:
3 August 2000 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
12 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Difficult, Fascinating and Fun See more (156 total) »

Cast

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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)

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
 
Stunts
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
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
 
Thanks
Tait Brady .... thanks
 

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Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Cinevex)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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:
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 »
Quotes:
Chopper:Aw, look. The bloke's been my best mate since 1975. We've had our fall-outs from time to time. It's no big deal. It's like... if your mum stabbed you.See more »
Soundtrack:
Forever NowSee more »

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41 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Difficult, Fascinating and Fun, 6 January 2004
Author: gpadillo from Portland, Maine

I have to disagree with those that say this is for Aussie's only. Chopper is an amazing piece of filmmaking in nearly every regard and goes beyond the limitations of vernaculars. I had to laugh at the review that dismissed it as sophomoric tripe and attempts supporting his argument citing the film's lack of realism in violence. Although based on a real man this is storytelling cinema not documentary. There is an obvious element of gross exaggeration in most of the scenes of violence in Chopper, which serve a purpose (or, more specifically, several purposes). Chopper is obviously incapable of telling the truth – or even hearing the truth.

It is, at first, difficult to figure out why so many are drawn to Chopper (and not at all difficult to see why so many wish him dead). Within the first few moments Eric Bana establishes Chopper's character in a way that reveals the off kilter charisma that some simply cannot resist. Those Chopper seems to get along with best are those on the periphery, those who don't invest too much whom he seems intent on impressing. Those too involved with him are locked into his doom because simply no one is able to keep up with the mythological figure Chopper has created himself (or tries create himself) into.

Darkly humorous, brutal, yet not without pathos the film rightly focuses on its central character and lives up to the unlikely hero's motto: never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn. "Chopper" is a fascinating film filled several amazing performances even in smaller roles (e.g., Jimmy's chain smoking, junkie, white trash, pregnant "fiancée" stumbling to the floor to pick up a sawed off shot gun in the hallway).

Not for everyone, but those who get this sort of thing will be richly rewarded.

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