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The Hard Word -- Hard experience and an unspoken family bond have made brothers Dale, Frank and Shane masters of their craft- armed robbery. Not long after they are released from prison on bail, they find themselves back behind bars due to an administrative glitch. So when a flashy criminal lawyer presents them with a deal- do a job for him and they will be released, they agree to his terms.
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Guy Pearce ... Dale Twentyman

Rachel Griffiths ... Carol Twentyman

Robert Taylor ... Frank Malone

Joel Edgerton ... Shane Twentyman

Damien Richardson ... Mal Twentyman
Rhondda Findleton ... Jane Moore

Kate Atkinson ... Pamela

Vince Colosimo ... Det. Mike Kelly
Paul Sonkkila ... Det. Jack O'Riordan
Kim Gyngell ... Paul

Dorian Nkono ... Tarzan
Stephen Whittaker ... Rawson
Torquil Neilson ... Mick

Don Bridges ... Doug

Doug Bowles ... Bill
Greg Fleet ... Tony
Ross Daniels ... Dave
Peter Regan ... Governor
Roger Neave ... Doctor
Jason Gilchrist ... Weightlifter

Jasper Bagg ... Prisoner In Visiting Room
Niniane Le Page ... Prisoner's Wife
Beth Buchanan ... Nurse
Frank Kennedy ... Sick Prisoner
Tony Jones ... Newsreader

Louise Crawford ... Waitress #1

Michelle Avery ... Waitress #2
Kerry Cole ... Norbert
Colwyn Roberts ... Bookie
Georgie Bax ... Sheryl
Leanne McCulloch ... Massage Woman

Nash Edgerton ... Bank Guard
Aris Gounaris ... Hotel Security Guard #1
James Shaw ... Hotel Security Guard #2
James Charters ... Hotel Security Guard #3
Gary Rens ... Security Guard #1
Wasim Sabra ... Security Guard #2
Phil Pollard ... Security Guard #3
Tahu Marumaru ... Security Guard #4
Marc Calderazzo ... Prison Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Albany Asher ... Bikini Girl at Bondi Beach (uncredited)
Noel Ballantine ... Bookie (uncredited)

Monty Burgess ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Scottie Cameron ... Skateboarder (uncredited)
Jordan Janceski ... Race-Goer (uncredited)
David Newell ... Security Guard (uncredited)

David No ... Basketballer (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Roberts 
Writing credits
Scott Roberts (written by)

Produced by
Al Clark .... producer
Hilary Davis .... executive producer
Gareth Jones .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Thrussell 
Cinematography by
Brian J. Breheny (director of photography) (as Brian Breheny)
Film Editing by
Martin Connor 
Casting by
Ann Robinson 
Production Design by
Paddy Reardon 
Art Direction by
Jeffrey Thorp 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Thompson 
Costume Design by
Terry Ryan 
Makeup Department
Andrea Cadzow .... hair stylist
Andrea Cadzow .... makeup artist
Angela Conte .... hair stylist
Angela Conte .... makeup artist
Cassie Hanlon .... key hair stylist
Cassie Hanlon .... key makeup artist
Anna Karpinski .... hair stylist
Anna Karpinski .... makeup artist
Michael Longhitano .... hair stylist
Michael Longhitano .... makeup artist
Naomi Murray .... hair stylist
Naomi Murray .... makeup artist
Shane Thomas .... makeup artist
Production Management
Yvonne Collins .... production supervisor
Andy Pappas .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brendan Campbell .... assistant director
Lisa Farinosi .... assistant director: Melbourne unit
Emma Jamvold .... third assistant director
Toni Raynes .... second assistant director
Art Department
Milo Angel .... graphic artist
Paul Buck .... property master
Jamo Clemens .... painter
Ben Corless .... construction foreman
Scott Davis .... carpenter
Sandy Grant .... stand-by props
Rain Hart .... storyboard artist
Honi Keller .... art department runner
Caroline Kelly .... art department coordinator
Joe Kiely .... set dresser
Adam Liddell .... assistant stand-by props
Gus Lobb .... scenic artist
Ross Murdoch .... carpenter
Jan Van Olphen .... construction manager
Sound Department
Christian Bass .... foley mixer
Julius Chan .... supervising sound editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr recordist (as Bob Deschaine)
Les Fiddess .... foley editor
Mauricio Hernández .... foley editor
Malcolm Hughes .... boom operator: Melbourne (as Mal Hughes)
Phil Judd .... sound re-recording mixer
Doron Kipen .... adr recordist
Jo Mion .... adr editor
Liam Price .... sound effects editor
Peter Purcell .... sound re-recording mixer
Angus Robertson .... dialogue editor
Dean Ryan .... boom operator
Sharon Ryan .... adr recordist
John Schiefelbein .... sound recordist
Danielle Wiessner .... adr editor
Danielle Wiessner .... adr supervisor
Katy Wood .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Peter Stubbs .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Tim Crosbie .... senior compositor
William Gammon .... digital compositor
Michael Garrett .... opening titles designer: Rising Sun Pictures
Edwina Hayes .... visual effects producer
Wayne Lewis .... visual effects director
Jason Madigan .... digital compositor
Ken Phelan .... optical supervisor
Rudy Vergara .... optical supervisor
Russell Allan .... stunts
Brett Anderson .... stunts
Lance Anderson .... stunts
Szumai Anderson .... stunts
Amanda Buchanan .... stunts
Marky Lee Campbell .... stunt performer
Wayne Cartwright .... stunts
Kent Clifton-Bligh .... stunts
Nash Edgerton .... stunt double: Joel Edgerton
Roy Edmunds .... stunts
Zev Eleftheriou .... stunt coordinator
Morgan Evans .... stunts
Russell Frost .... stunts
Chris Hargreaves .... stunts
Nathan Hoey .... stunts
Graham Jahne .... stunts
Chris Kemp .... stunts
David No .... stunts
Philip Reilley .... stunts (as Phil Reilley)
Warwick Sadler .... stunts
Davin Taylor .... stunts
Rick Tonna .... stunts
Christine Wilson .... stunts (as Chris Wilson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Glenn Arrowsmith .... grip
Matt Begg .... electrician
Tov Belling .... first assistant camera
Paul Booth .... gaffer
Dan Carr .... electrician
Chris Dewhurst .... third electrician
Cameron Gaze .... video split operator
Ben Hackworth .... assistant to cinematographer
Dean Hall .... grip
Chris Hansford .... grip
Rob Hansford .... key grip
James Honey .... grip
Trish Keating .... focus puller: Melbourne
Michael Leslie .... grip: Sydney
Lex Martin .... electrician
Peter McCaffrey .... camera operator
Andrew McGeorge .... clapper loader: Sydney
Katie Milwright .... clapper loader
John Radel .... assistant camera
Zeb Simpson .... video operator
Peter Stott .... assistant camera
Peter Stott .... focus puller: second unit
John Tarrant .... grip
Luke Thomas .... focus puller: Sydney
John Tsiavis .... still photographer
Martin Turner .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Brooke Howden .... casting: Melbourne
Danika May .... casting assistant: Sydney
Jo Rippon .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Barton .... stand-by wardrobe
Gareth Blaha .... costume assistant
Alban Farrawell .... costume supervisor
Kelly Foreman .... costume assistant
Peter O'Halloran .... costume stand-by
Keryn Ribbands .... costume stand-by
Editorial Department
Helen Barry .... assistant editor
Ian Letcher .... color grader
Music Department
François Tétaz .... music arranger (as Frank Tetaz)
Transportation Department
Steve Mahoney .... action vehicle coordinator
Aen Saalfield .... action vehicle assistant coordinator
Bruce Williams .... picture car wrangler
Other crew
Jeremy Atcliffe .... assistant accountant
Stephen Brett .... location manager
Melanie Brunt .... production secretary
Pauline Burt .... risk manager (as Pauline Larkkom)
Rachel Craze .... production intern
Shane Dettman .... unit assistant
John Fox .... armorer
Victor Fukushima .... unit assistant
Serena Gattuso .... production coordinator
Peter Harris .... location manager: Sydney
Rachel Higgins .... assistant to producer
Michael Ienna .... runner
Flynn Jungwirth .... stand-in
Lachlan Kerr .... unit assistant: Melbourne (as Lachlan Ker)
Fran Lanigan .... unit publicist
Ben Lowe .... location assistant
Paul Matthews .... catering assistant
John May .... production accountant
Anne-Maree McBean .... stand-in
David McDougal .... unit assistant
Benjamin McNair .... catering assistant (as Benji McNair)
Noel Muscat .... location assistant
Nino Negrin .... unit assistant
Russell Olofsson .... unit assistant: Sydney
Stephen Rutter .... travel manager
Anne Went .... script supervisor
Jason Mack .... security officer (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Twentyman Brothers" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and brief drug use
102 min
Color (Cinevex)
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The films title 'The Hard Word' is a reference to the type of Aussie slang (Cant or Cryptolect language) the films main protagonists use when they would communicate with one another in prison or "on the job". This language is known as Retchab Klat (Rech-tub kay-lat) 'Butcher Talk'. Words spelt backwards with digraphs and plurals kept intact. It was developed as a form of communicating between butchers to either ogle or make fun of certain customers and not draw attention. It is an old time butchers language that is still used in some small country Australian towns to this day.See more »
[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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
It pays to see this tough and refreshing Aussie crime flick!, 21 June 2002
Author: Old Joe from Hamilton, Australia

In my time, I have seen many films that have shown the bad side of people's lives, with The Hard Word being no exception. This film has it all. The tough guys using, aussie language, committing major crimes and misdemeanors and most importantly, they are having a ‘bloody' good time while they are doing it. If I was to be part of thieving gang, then I would ask for a ticket to join in with the close-nit robbers known as the `Twentyman's'.

Meet the Twentyman brothers, Dale, Shane and Mal: hard bitten thieves with a self imposed honour code that demands nobody gets hurt. The three are languishing in a Sydney prison on remand for armed robbery. Dale, the level-headed leader of the Twentyman pack, is helping the trio focus their life beyond crime, while he focuses on his wife Carol. Middle child Mal is affable sort, whose love for butchery helps him while away hours behind bars. Shane, the youngest, is a loveable lunatic with a short fuse. When word comes that their corrupt and well connected lawyer frank has secured them bail, the boys whisked off to perform a ‘job' and all goes well. Frank has greased the appropriate wheels, ensuring the local cops don't cause trouble, yet the brother's find themselves back in the slammer all too quickly. Frank bullies the brother's into one last heist; a grandiose scheme that will either liberate or kill them, once and for all!

I really enjoyed this Australian piece of cinematography. The cast of this film was big, but extremely good. The three ‘Twentyman brothers', were played well by there acting talent. I really feel that Guy Pearce has been a breath of fresh in the movie industry, whether it be in his home country, or overseas. He played the careful and leading Dale. I really liked what Pearce did in this role. He was extremely intense, but in way a seriously dangerous character, though his chosen life would say otherwise. All he wanted was to do the ‘jobs' and be able to live comfortably. Guy has some impressive movies on the CV, including the brilliant L.A. Confidential, Memento and the very feminine `Priscilla, Queen Of the Desert' . The other star of this show is another Australia acting talents, Rachel Griffith. Like Guy Pearce, she lightens up the screen as only she can, and has been refreshing to the movie industry. She played the ‘tart', Carol, wife of our leading crime man. She was perfect for this role. I feel that no other actress could have got it better. Griffiths has had a good time of late and is about to star in the upcoming movie on the famous Australian bushranger, Ned Kelly, and has been in the recent movie hit, Blow, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruise.

Dale's younger brother Shane, is played by ‘Secret Life of Us' star Joel Edgerton. Shane is a very angry criminal, but is also very cheeky in what he does, to help his jail-ridden brothers, taste freedom once again. His character, is I am sure what young people are like when they dabble in crime. Joel has starred in other movies like Erskinville Kings, Star Wars Episode II and Ned Kelly. The other Twentyman brother was played by actor Damien Richardson. I enjoyed how he acted in this character immensely. He was so typically ‘Australian' in almost everything he did and said. Yet he was also like Dale in that he was in it for the ‘cash', and to not hurt anyone. Look I could on about the cast of this film, with good roles from Robert Taylor, who played the scheming lawyer Frank, comedian Kym Gyngell, Russell Dykstra, Rhondda Findleton and Vince Colosmo.

Yet this film also had a wonderful story and showed off the landscape that it had beautifully. The film's story was written by its director Scott Roberts. I feel he put the right amount of Aussie colloquialisms in it, to make me feel like it is a part of my everyday life. Yet this story, while it might be simple in parts, was an extremely clever in how it was written, with the premise of three brother's being in jail for crimes they have committed, very ingenious. A mention of the language that this film has is important. Swearing is now being accepted more than ever by society, yet in the movies it seems to still shock many people. The Hard word had plenty of ‘Hard words', but were used in a suitable context. What do you expect from harden criminals anyway? However, the work of the cinematographer also needs a mention here. This role was taken on by Brian J. Beheny, who showed off the attractions of both Sydney and Melbourne well in this film. As a former Melbournian resident, the way this film used Melbourne was really rewarding for me personally.

For me, living a life of crime would be a an extremely difficult choice, as I feel the tag ‘crime does not pay', is good motivation not to experiment in unlawful activities. In a way, this movie shows that tag to be true. Yet this film shows the other side to crime well. To see how these bad guys stick together and are so faithful towards each other is exceptional. When you are about to watch this film, you could be mistaken for knowing what to except, but let me assure you, that once you have viewed ‘the Hard Word', the characters' and most of their actions will amaze you, to the point that you would never have imagined or forget. This is another positive step forward for the Australian movie industry.

CMRS gives ‘The Hard Word': 5 (Brilliant film)

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