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 ...
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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)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Barry and Norm are boxing, Norm is seen getting head gear put on. After Barry has Norm in the corner and backs back, Norm no longer has the head gear on. It is clear that Norm would have had no time to have the gear removed between the camera shots. See more »


Sharon Ryan: I think Barry's gone off you blokes.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the title DIRTY DEEDS appears with the individual letters spinning like the wheels of a slot machine. See more »


References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »


No Good Without You
Composed by Tim Rogers
Published by Festival Music Publishing
Performed by Bernard Fanning and Bruce Haymes
2002 BMG Australia Limited
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if you skip this because it's not a blockbuster, you're missing a good film
19 June 2003 | by (Burmingem, England) – See all my reviews

Ah, yeah!

This is a nicely paced caper and its only real crime is the weak ending.

It's been criminally undersold here, and sad to report I was alone in the dark corner of the multiplex I saw it in. As all the comments here are Australian and a year old, the film has obviously been leaked late to the rest of the world in advance of its video or dvd release. This is lacklustre treatment of a little gem.

First and most important, you don't need to be Australian to understand the dialog. I wouldn't fault any of the performances, which pretty much match the characters' function in the film. Bryan Brown and Sam Neill stand out, inevitably, but John Goodman and Toni Colette are sound in support.

I smiled from the moment this started to the closing credits, laughed out loud more than once, and salute the repeated use of "bouf-head" as a term of endearment.

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