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Dirty Deeds (2002)

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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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  »

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AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

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$134,510 (Australia), 9 August 2002, Limited Release
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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 »

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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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Sal: [watching coverage of Vietnam war on TV in Australia] You see that? *That* is why you need color TV. You see the blood; everything. What is it in black 'n white? It looks old. It's like it happened years ago.
Darcy: [having returned from Vietnam war] It's no prettier in colour, mate.
Sal: No? We love this war. We own it.
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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 Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Made My Bed, Gonna Lie In It
Composed by George Young
Published by J Albert & Son Pty Ltd
Performed by You Am I with Phil Jamieson
2002 BMG Australia Limited
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Pizza anyone?
16 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Dirty Deeds" takes a nostalgic view of the Sydney of the late nineties as we are taken along to meet a local gangster who is ruthless against his enemies, or the people trying to invade his territory. The action takes place in King Cross, an area where night life was the main attraction.

David Caesar and his cinematographer, Geoffrey Hall, created a film that seems to have been shot in that era, as they have given the movie a faded look that works well with the story they are telling. The film has some funny moments that come at unexpected moments. The inside joke seems to be about how to really make a good pizza, something that might not have been done at the time.

The film makers have to be congratulated in bringing a brilliant cast together for the movie. Bryan Brown plays the kingpin Barry Ryan with equal amount of meanness and humor. Mr. Brown is an actor that is always consistent in anything he does and he should be seen more often. Toni Collette is one of the best actresses working in films, who is at home in drama as well as comedy, and she has a rare opportunity to show her talent playing Barry's wife, Sharon. John Goodman is good as the American mafioso who is outsmarted by his Aussie counterpart. Sam Worthington is fine as the naive Darcy and Kesty Moressi also does a good job as Margaret. The only one that has nothing to do is Sam Neill.

"Dirty Deeds" works well as a drama and a comedy because there are elements of both in it thanks to the way David Caesar presents his material on the screen.


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