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The Hard Word (2002)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  27 June 2003 (USA)
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Three fraternal bank robbers languishing in jail, discover a profitable (if not dodgy) way to spend their time. Crime can most certainly pay, if you "know wot I mean?" However when sex and ... See full summary »

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Dale Twentyman
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Carol Twentyman
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Frank Malone
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Shane Twentyman
Damien Richardson ...
Mal Twentyman
Rhondda Findleton ...
Jane Moore
Kate Atkinson ...
Pamela
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Det. Mike Kelly
Paul Sonkkila ...
Det. Jack O'Riordan
Kim Gyngell ...
Paul
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Stephen Whittaker ...
Rawson
Torquil Neilson ...
Mick
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Doug
Doug Bowles ...
Bill
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Three fraternal bank robbers languishing in jail, discover a profitable (if not dodgy) way to spend their time. Crime can most certainly pay, if you "know wot I mean?" However when sex and greed rear-up between the good crims and the bad cops, the consequences are both bizarre and fatal. Written by Noel C. Bailey <uds3@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$9,422 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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$422,688 (USA) (1 August 2003)
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[while discussing about a prisoner's interest in a book called 'Portnoy's Complaint']
Dean: What's he complaining about?
Dale Twentyman: Oh, his mother, women, not enough sex. You know, the usual.
Dean: Any good?
Dale Twentyman: Well that would depend on whether you've spoofed all over the toothbrushes with your mother trying to bash down the bathroom door. 'Wanker's Bible', it's pretty funny.
Dean: I'll have a go after Millenhall.
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Good for a "heist" film
4 March 2004 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) – See all my reviews

This was a really enjoyable film. While it may not have had the most original script, it certainly shines when compared to other, much more lackluster, heist films. I enjoyed this from start to finish and did not find it as formulaic and predictable as many other films in the genre. It's sort of like an Australian version of the film "Confidence," only with better acting and more interesting characters. Guy Pearce throws himself into the role and does not waver.

Even when the focus is on another actor his presence commands the attention of the audience. Few actors are as skilled in stealing a scene without ever saying a word. The female characters are rather one dimensional, but it's a detail that's easily overlooked as they are not the central focus. Definitely worth a visit to the video store.


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