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Dirty Deeds (2002)

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1973 Sydney: An Australian gangster sees booming business, due to U.S. soldiers being in town for relaxing between their tours to the Vietnam war, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Ryan
Tony Testano
Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy
William McInnes ...
Andrew S. Gilbert ...
Gary Waddell ...
Sal Cassela
Derek Amer ...
Laeni Baille ...
Coin Lady
Rudi Baker ...
Bell Boy
Bille Brown ...
Michael Brownjohn ...
Bouncer #1


Set in 1960s Sydney, this is the story of an Australian gangster whose booming business, buoyed by the influx of U.S. soldiers in town for R&R during their tours in Vietnam, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors. Written by Greg Dean Schmitz

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Get ready to get dirty.


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

18 July 2002 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Deeds - Dreckige Geschäfte  »

Box Office


AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$134,510 (Australia) (9 August 2002)


$8,268,836 (Australia) (9 August 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The aircraft that they fly to the outback in is a Piper Chieftain, and actually manufactured and bought into service after the movie was set. That same aircraft is now used within an air ambulance service for flying patients between hospitals within Australia. See more »


Tony and Sal are flying to Sydney when Sal looks down and sees Hawaii as they fly over. Tony tells Sal that it will be another 6 hours until they get there. However, even today, the flight time from Honolulu to Sydney is about 10-11 hours. See more »


Sal: [inspecting TV set in an Australian hotel] You think you can get a color set?
Bell Boy: They only come in black 'n white, sorry.
Sal: You're kiddin' me?
Tony: [handing over a banknote] Here you go, chief.
Bell Boy: What's that for?
Tony: It's a tip.
Bell Boy: Oh, righty-o. Ta.
Tony: [mockingly, as Bell Boy exits] Ta.
Sal: Taaah. Feel like we're... visitin'... hillbillies, here.
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Crazy Credits

After the main cast credits scroll up the screen, there is an additional scene that reveals some more of the plot. See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Sometimes I Just Don't Know
Composed by Tim Rogers
Published by Festival Music Publishing
Performed by You Am I with Billy Thorpe
2002 BMG Australia Limited
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12 August 2002 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

I seem to be among the majority of reviewers, who didn't find anything terribly objectionable about Dirty Deeds, but nothing particularly praiseworthy either. Great cast of actors, somewhat wasted on an ordinary and very predictable script. Lovely outfits and wallpaper, but none of the characters had enough depth to make me see them more than the actors who were playing them.

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