IMDb > The Hard Word (2002)
The Hard Word
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Hard Word (2002) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 8 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
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.
The Hard Word -- Open-ended Trailer from Lions Gate Films
The Hard Word -- Post


User Rating:
6.0/10   3,096 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Scott Roberts (written by)
View company contact information for The Hard Word on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
27 June 2003 (USA) See more »
All It Takes Is A Little Persuasion See more »
Three fraternal bank robbers languishing in jail, discover a profitable (if not dodgy) way to spend their time... See more » | Full synopsis »
5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
(16 articles)
Here’s a New Clip from Crawl
 (From DailyDead. 19 February 2013, 4:00 PM, PST)

New Clips and Photos from Crawl
 (From DailyDead. 11 February 2013, 2:53 PM, PST)

New Trailer and Release Details for Crawl
 (From DailyDead. 6 February 2013, 8:18 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Down Underworld noir thriller See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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:
Noel Ballantine ... Bookie (uncredited)

Monty Burgess ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Scottie Cameron ... Skateboarder (uncredited)
Jordan Janceski ... Race-Goer (uncredited)

Albany Livingstone ... Bikini Girl at Bondi Beach (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
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)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Twentyman Brothers" - Japan (English title)
See more »
Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and brief drug use
102 min
Color (Cinevex)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Dale Twentyman:We've got time for a swim after this.
Shane Twentyman:We haven't got any trunks.
Dale Twentyman:We'll go in our undies.
Shane Twentyman:I'm not wearing any.
Dale Twentyman:[Looks at Shane] I'll buy you some.
Shane Twentyman:Undies?
Dale Twentyman:Trunks.
See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Down Underworld noir thriller, 3 July 2003
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

'The Hard Word' is an excellent, well-paced Australian movie, straddling the genres of the American noir caper film and the British thick-ear crime drama. Some of the sequences in this movie remind me of scenes in 'The Asphalt Jungle', 'The Killing', 'La Jetee', the Peter Sellers comedy 'Two-Way Stretch' and even 'Eating Raoul' ... but 'The Hard Word' is definitely a one-off original, and it's very good.

The early scenes in this film take place in the Australian prison system. I've done some prison time Down Under (in my original name, before I changed it), and I found these scenes extremely realistic. Seppos and Poms (Yanks and Brits) will have difficulty understanding the Strine slang in this movie; for instance, when an inmate shouts 'Half yer (expletive) luck!', it's not instantly clear to non-Australians that this means 'I wish I was half as lucky as you.' Also, American audiences will be confused by this movie's references to racetrack 'bookies'. In Australia (as in Britain, but unlike in the States), bookies are lawful businessmen ('turf accountants') who privately take bets at sporting events, as independent contractors.

And most confusing of all for audiences outside Australia: some of the dialogue in 'The Hard Word' is spoken in 'butcher talk'. This is never explained in the movie, so I'll reveal that butcher talk (or 'rehctub klat') is the dialect used by (real-life) Australian criminals for covert conversations in public ... in which every word is spoken BACKWARDS, very rapidly. Even if you know the secret, you won't understand a conversation in 'butcher' unless you've practised a lot. (In Britain, criminals have a gimmick called 'backslang' which is a simpler version of the same thing.) Several times in 'The Hard Word', the dialogue is brilliantly ambiguous, carrying two meanings at the same go.

Three felons are released on the same day: violent Dale, easy-going Malcolm and Pepsi-swilling mother-obsessed Shane. (The dialogue identifies them as brothers; they don't look remotely alike, but that line explains why they stick together no matter what.) As soon as they get out, our lads participate in an armoured-car robbery that's been set up by their crooked lawyer Frank ... but Frank might be setting them up for a fall. And while the lads were 'inside', Frank has been having a go with Dale's sexy wife Carol. Rachel Griffiths, who plays Dale's wife, is not conventionally beautiful ... but in this film she gives one of the sexiest performances I've ever seen on screen.

SLIGHT SPOILERS COMING. There are some eye-catching frame compositions in this film; all credit to director/scripter Scott Roberts. But several pieces of business seem to be set up only to create odd images on screen. A rival gangster lures Dale into a trap by disguising himself as Dale's wife and then hiding in their bed with a gun; I found this wildly unlikely. Frank kills another gangster by cramming a lava lamp into his mouth: no blood, no broken teeth; just an interesting visual composition. One long sequence takes place inside a restaurant shaped like a giant cow.

An actor named Robert Taylor (doesn't he know that this name's been used before?) is very good as Frank, the brothers' crooked lawyer. Frank dies a horrible death. How to get rid of the corpse? We know that Malcolm is handy with a sausage-grinder, and in the next scene we see him grilling some FRANK-furters on the barbie. That pun is no coincidence. (Damien Richardson is a revelation as Malcolm.)

On several occasions, the crooks jeopardise their own well-planned caper by brawling or arguing; I found this a very accurate depiction of criminal behaviour. Yet there's one very implausible plot twist during the robbery at the Melbourne Cup, when Shane is supposed to open a locked door by typing a 4-figure number into a numeric keypad ... but a henchman named Tarzan insists on doing it himself, even though he's dyslexic. Doesn't Tarzan realise that his dyslexia disqualifies him from this job? Sure enough, he mucks it up.

During the caper sequences, I kept expecting to see the cliché shot from every caper film ... when a swag-bag rips open, and banknotes go flying in all directions. Blessedly, that hackneyed image never came. For most of its length, 'The Hard Word' commendably avoids clichés. I thought Rhondda Findleton quite sexy as an anger-management counsellor with a semi-Louise Brooks hairbob, but I was annoyed when her character became that prison-movie cliché: the sexy female prison staffer who goes home every night and can get any man she wants on the outside, yet who becomes sexually involved with one of the inmates a few minutes after she meets him! I couldn't believe that this woman would be having sex with Shane ... it would have been much more plausible if she had merely **led him on**, arousing herself with his sexual frustration while offering him no release.

At the very end of this flick, the three brothers and Carol are striding purposefully towards the camera. 'Please', I thought, 'please do NOT commit that horrible cliché of freeze-framing the final shot.' Instead of a freeze-frame, the final image went into a slo-mo ... which is also a cliché, but not quite so hackneyed yet. Despite a few complaints, I'm vastly impressed with this highly entertaining movie. I'll rate 'The Hard Word' 8 points out of 10. Nice one, cobber!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (37 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Hard Word (2002)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
what is that language dardura108
Goof gilper653
**possible spoilers** 'Speciality' Frank-furters (?) stormlightningstrikes
Question about Shane Dinferno3
Question about the Big Cow cowgoesmoo
Small question about Tarzan... maddyddam
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Last Seduction Animal Kingdom Intermission Head-On Lucía, Lucía
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb Australia section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.