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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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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 »
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 See more »
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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