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 ...
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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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A 'lobster' (referenced when Darcy purchases the guns from his friend still in the army) is an Australian colloquial term used for the twenty dollar note whose distinctive red/orange colour is likened to a cooked lobster 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: You got much on today?
Barry Ryan: Bibs 'n bobs, all over the shop.
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After the main cast credits scroll up the screen, there is an additional scene that reveals some more of the plot. See more »


References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »


And I Heard the Fire Sing
Composed by R. Taylor
Published by Festival Music Publishing
Performed by Grinspoon
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd
2002 Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
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Good Night Out!
23 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Saw this stumbling my way through OZ on holiday and really glad i did - it's fast, funny and full of action.

I had no idea before i saw this of the real history of the slot machine wars, so it was good to learn about that but FAR MORE IMPORTANTLY this is just a great night out and makes you leave the cinema wishing you could remember more of the many really good lines.

The acting is fantastic throughout but John Goodman is just brillant. Every time i see him in stuff i'm amazed at his ability and here he gives a really moving performance. The young bloke is really good too, and some of the guys the filmakers have found to play small time hoods have fantastic faces.

The direction is cool, the script really is fast and funny and its got a great soundtrack as well. Hope this gets shown in the UK so all my mates can see it to?

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