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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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Barry Ryan
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Tony Testano
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Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy
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Darcy
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Margaret
William McInnes ...
Hollywood
Andrew S. Gilbert ...
Norm
Gary Waddell ...
Freddie
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Sal Cassela
Derek Amer ...
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Laeni Baille ...
Coin Lady
Rudi Baker ...
Bell Boy
Bille Brown ...
Senator
Michael Brownjohn ...
Bouncer #1
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Crime

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

Also Known As:

Dirty Deeds - Dreckige Geschäfte  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$8,268,836 (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 »

Goofs

When Ray tells Darcy to, "Put it away, son", Darcy is leaning against a car. In the next shot, made out to be in real time, Darcy is standing away from that same car. See more »

Quotes

Barry Ryan: Can't go around killin' everybody that goes up against us.
Norm: Why not?
Hollywood: Because we're a business.
Norm: Oh, fuck that.
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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 »

Connections

References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Pizza....you eat it with your hands.
1 June 2005 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

True story, in the 1960s the American government was trying to control Vietnam and the American Mafia wanted to take over organised crime in Australia.

Both failed, we know about Vietnam, this movie fictionalises what happened in Australia and uses it as a metaphor for what happened in Vietnam (and what is happening in Iraq today).

It is fun, it is very Australian (it has Bryan Brown in it, what more can I say), it downplays Australian criminals abilities but shows them as brutal thugs capable of some quick thinking.

It is not an American bashing movie and has a pro-American message and an Anti-American message that Americans could learn from. Which is basically, America we like you, we like your Pizza, but if you want to go out in the world you got to learn to play nice because the rest of the world is much tougher than you and will scone you if you don't.

It also lovingly shows how backward Australia was in the 1960s (no pizza, no colour TV), so everyone gets a fair suck of the sav (if you understand my meaning).


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