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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:
Fact or Fiction? The film is still great! See more (158 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:
Well-known Australian singer/songwriter Billy Thorpe was strongly opposed to the use of his version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in the opening credits. The makers chose to use "Don't Fence Me In" instead. Interest in the writers of the latter song was increased substantially by the song's use over shots of a prison.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:Jimmy, if you keep stabbing me, you're going to kill me.See more »
Soundtrack:
Black & BlueSee more »

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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Fact or Fiction? The film is still great!, 6 April 2006

Mark Brandon Read, nicknamed "Chopper", was a notorious criminal in Australia who after spending most of his life in prison, went on publishing books with anecdotes of those years becoming a successful writer of Best-Sellers. While he has been accused of exaggerating things about his life in his books, the stories presented still are realistic and shocking, and give insight about the mind of this complex and often-troubled man, regardless if if they are real or fiction. "Chopper", the movie, is not based exactly on Read's life, but in the series of anecdotes he wrote in his first books.

Eric Bana plays Chopper and gives one of his best performances to date, capturing the very essence of the living legend Chopper has become now. It is not a surprise that this film gave him recognition out of Australia and turned him into an international star. but even when the movie is centered around Chopper, Simon Lyndon and Kate Beahan's performances shine in their roles as Chopper's cell mate Jimmy and Chopper's girlfriend Tanya respectively.

Like Read's books, the movie is not exactly a biography, but a collection of tales surrounding the now-mythical figure of "Chopper", presented in a way that perfectly mixes strange surrealism with harsh realism. The gritty semi-documentary look the film has enhances this feeling as well as the cold way the violence is presented. Like the real Chopper, the film walks the fine line between fact and fiction, and that's what makes it very appealing and interesting.

It could be said that Director Andrew Dominik painted an accurate portrait of "Chopper" the legend, not of the real person; and that's probably what the real Chopper may prefer. Domink plays with the moods, going from serious drama to awkwardly funny scenes in this character study that presents us a charming yet dangerous man, who probably has been through more than what we would like to do, yet less than what he would likes us to believe.

The film is very intense and "tough", and very good at it; Bana is perfect as Chopper and shows great promise as an actor. His characterization makes very difficult to don't like this common man with a very uncommon life. Director Dominik makes a straight-to-the-face film that stays true to Chopper's persona (fictional or not), and does it without being pretentious or manipulative. It basically lets Chopper's charisma speak for itself playing with the audience's fascination with crime and violence.

If as flaw was to be found, it would be that it never tries to go beyond its goal or push too much the envelope. It is not much of a flaw, as the results are still brilliant, but leaves one wondering at how far could it had gone considering the talent of those involved. Anyways, Eric Bana and Andrew Dominik are set to a bright future and this film is a brilliant start for these two new talents. 7/10

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