Dirty Deeds (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  18 July 2002 (Australia)
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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 ...
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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)


$8,268,836 (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 »


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 »


Freddie: Barry! You fuckin' ponce! You think you can just smash my machines?
Barry Ryan: Freddy, you fuckin' ferret. I jus' did, didn' I?
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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 Mary Poppins (1964) 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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G'day Goodfellas
7 July 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In 1969 Vietnam, handsome soldier Sam Worthington (as Darcy "Darce" Ryan) receives his release from war service. He goes home to live with the uncle who raised him as a son. Meanwhile, weighty gangster John Goodman (as Tony Testano) and his trigger-happy henchman Fred Williamson (as Sal Cassela) are dispatched from Chicago, USA to Sidney, Australia. Their mission is to take over the slot-machine racket run by crime boss Bryan Brown (as Barry Ryan) by infiltrating his organization. Experienced at killing people and blowing things up, Mr. Worthington's becomes Mr. Brown's young partner...

Worthington could follow in his uncle's footsteps, or open his own pizzeria. A romantic subplot involves amorous Kestie Morassi (as Margaret), who so predictably switches partners you have to wonder what writer/director David Caesar intended. There is no real evidence, but perhaps Brown was trying to save his marriage to older, but still beautiful Toni Collette (as Sharon)...

Not an Australian expert, but there isn't much here that looks like contemporary movies from 1969. Adept cinematographer Geoffrey Hall is employed to make up the difference by making the motion picture look like an aged Polaroid. It only makes you look for the "color restore" button. The original soundtrack is done well, but don't expect AC/DC's original "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" or a 1969 parade of hits. Direction and editing (by Mark Perry) do help keep it moving. Most elevated in the cast credits is Sam Neill (as Ray Murphy). There is something extra to see within the end credit roll.

***** Dirty Deeds (7/18/02) David Caesar ~ Bryan Brown, Sam Worthington, John Goodman, Toni Collette

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