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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 »
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Tagline:
"Beethoven had his critics too" 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:
Amazing Performance By Eric Bana! See more (164 total) »

Cast

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Vince Colosimo ... Neville Bartos

Eric Bana ... Chopper
Renée Brack ... Television Interviewer (as Renee Brack)
Gregory Pitt ... Prison Officer #1
Richard Sutherland ... Prison Officer #2

David Field ... Keithy George
Simon Lyndon ... Jimmy Loughnan

Dan Wyllie ... Bluey
Gary Waddell ... Kevin Darcy
Andrew Dunn ... Prison Officer #3
Caleb Cluff ... Detective Creswell
Hilton Henderson ... Detective Wyatt
Fred Barker ... Gov. Beasley
Alan Close ... Medical Officer
Carl Price ... Brunswick Court Judge
Mark Stratford ... Classification Officer

Kate Beahan ... Tanya
Kenny Graham ... Keith Read
Brian Mannix ... Ian James
Johnnie Targhan ... Paul - Bouncer (as Johnnie Targan)

Robert Rabiah ... Nick
Sam Houli ... Robbo
Serge Liistro ... Sammy the Turk
Pam Western ... Tanya's Mother

Bill Young ... Detective Downie

Peter Hardy ... Detective Cooney
Sarah Jane King ... Glamour Queen

Skye Wansey ... Mandy
Annalise Emtsis ... Shazzy
Marcus Taylor ... Marcus
Ernie Gray ... Crown Prosecutor
David Ross Paterson ... Morris Jeffrey (as David Paterson)
Fletcher Humphrys ... Bucky
Terry Willesee ... 'Current Affairs Show' Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eve Hannifer ... (uncredited)
Jordan Janceski ... Disco-Goer (uncredited)
Vikki Thomas ... Best Friend of Witness (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 (director of photography)
Kevin Hayward (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ken Sallows 
 
Casting by
Gregory Apps  (as Greg 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 .... re-recording mixer
Michael Carden .... sound editor
Bruce Emery .... dolby consultant
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
Kaine Harling .... camera prep technician
Richard Hosking .... director of photography: second unit (as Richard Hoskings)
Terry Howells .... focus puller
Marin Johnson .... assistant camera: second unit
Jonas Juhanson .... key grip (as Jo Johansen)
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
 
Location Management
Stephen Brett .... location manager
Cameron Wood .... location assistant
 
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
John Fox .... armorer
Victor Fukushima .... unit assistant
Peter Gawler .... script editor
Jim Hearn .... script editor and additional dialogue
Maeve McEvoy .... production assistant
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 .... production runner
 
Thanks
Tait Brady .... thanks
Nick Cave .... special thanks
Alaric McAusland .... thanks
Ben Mendelsohn .... special 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:
"Somewhere over the Rainbow", the original song to accompany the opening credits of "Chopper", was written especially for 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: 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 »
Quotes:
Chopper:I'm just a bloody normal bloke. A normal bloke who likes a bit of torture.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Last Day (2010/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Black & BlueSee more »

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45 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Amazing Performance By Eric Bana!, 26 July 2005
Author: hokeybutt from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CHOPPER (3+ outta 5 stars) Nifty little character study of a notorious Australian criminal... well, notorious in his own mind, at least. The jury is still out on how much of the autobiographical details of the life of "Chopper" read are real and how much is fake... but it does make a compelling story either way. Eric Bana gives a great performance in the lead... nothing else I've ever seen him in prepared me for how good he really is. The character he plays is nasty, repellent, scary, ill-tempered... and still full of charisma. After a violent stint in prison (his motto appears to be "do unto others before they do it unto you") Chopper is sent back out into society. With no other skills besides his knowledge of crime, Chopper offers himself to the local police as a special undercover agent. They, of course, want nothing to do with his boneheaded scheme but he pretends that they do anyway. Inflicting pain (on himself *and* others) seems to be what he is best at and he gets plenty of opportunities to show his stuff. Amusing though it may be at times, the movie is not a glorification of violence... the ferocity and suddenness of it keeps the audience constantly on edge.

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