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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
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Mal Twentyman
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Jane Moore
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Pamela
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Det. Mike Kelly
Paul Sonkkila ...
Det. Jack O'Riordan
Kim Gyngell ...
Paul
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Tarzan
Stephen Whittaker ...
Rawson
Torquil Neilson ...
Mick
Don Bridges ...
Doug
Doug Bowles ...
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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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Frank Malone: Where's the money?
Dale Twentyman: Oooh, I stuck it up a cow's arse.
Frank Malone: Well I hope you washed your hands after.
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Australian larrikins better than Tarantino
31 May 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film demonstrates a larrikin-ness that differentiates Australian films within a genre from their American equivalents. There are some scenes that are Tarantino-like, but I don't think that there is meant to be any real comparison. There is a lightness here and what appears to be a refusal to take itself seriously as a genre piece.

The main performances are stand-out, especially Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths. However, some of the minor characters appear to be there only to support plot movement. The best of these is Kate Atkinson as a ditzy blonde, but the rest are cardboard-cutout caricatures.

From an Australian perspective, it was nice to see Paul Sonkilla reprising his police hardman roles from some of my favourite TV series, although he appears to be slightly typecast.

I found the cinematography and the sound production quite well done and overall I really enjoyed this regardless of the small flaws, which end up looking more like positive traits - keeping the feel of the movie real and not produced to death, which is a problem I find with so many Hollywood films.


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