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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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.

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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18 July 2002 (Australia)  »

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Dirty Deeds - Dreckige Geschäfte  »

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AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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 »

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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 »

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prostitute: Tooroo, Normie!
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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 »

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

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Black and Blue
Written by Matt Taylor (as Taylor), Phil Manning (as Philip Manning), Barry Sullivan (as Sullivan) and Barry Harvey (as Harvey)
Performed by Powder Monkeys
Published by Festival Music Publishing / Control
2002 BMG Australia Limited
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Dirty Deeds Down Under
19 January 2014 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

David Caesar's 'Dirty Deeds' is a black comedy about gangsters set in 1960's Australia. The film doesn't completely capture the vibe of the 60s but still looks appealing mainly due to the colourful production design and costumes.

Where writing it concerned, most of the jokes work effectively but there are a few that fall flat. Moreover some of the main characters should have been more properly defined.

The performances, mainly by Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, John Goodman and Sam Neill are brilliant. However, Sam Worthington lacks screen presence.

The pacing is quite uneven and the story does tend to get a little messy in places. The cinematography is good and the score is brilliant.

'Dirty Deeds' thinks it's a smart black comedy and that may be so to an extent but it does have its share of flaws, a few big ones. Tighter editing and more character development may have done the trick. Yet, it's still watchable. After all something that's visually amusing and draws a few laughs may deserve at least a one-time watch.


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