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

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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
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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  »

Box Office

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AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where Tony is showing Barry the "Liberty" video slot machine, such technology as relatively high resolution color video, synthesized audio and computer power to animate the images was not available in video slot machines until the 1980's and not mainstream in video slot machines until the 1990's. See more »

Quotes

Sharon Ryan: You know what I'd do? If someone I trusted... or someone I should be able t' trust was doin' the dirty on me? I'd let them think they were gettin' away with it... wait till they let their guard down. Then I'd cut their fuckin' balls off.
Barry Ryan: Yeah?
Sharon Ryan: Fuckin' oath.
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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 »

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No Good Without You
Composed by Tim Rogers
Published by Festival Music Publishing
Performed by Bernard Fanning and Bruce Haymes
2002 BMG Australia Limited
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if you skip this because it's not a blockbuster, you're missing a good film
19 June 2003 | by (Burmingem, England) – See all my reviews

Ah, yeah!

This is a nicely paced caper and its only real crime is the weak ending.

It's been criminally undersold here, and sad to report I was alone in the dark corner of the multiplex I saw it in. As all the comments here are Australian and a year old, the film has obviously been leaked late to the rest of the world in advance of its video or dvd release. This is lacklustre treatment of a little gem.

First and most important, you don't need to be Australian to understand the dialog. I wouldn't fault any of the performances, which pretty much match the characters' function in the film. Bryan Brown and Sam Neill stand out, inevitably, but John Goodman and Toni Colette are sound in support.

I smiled from the moment this started to the closing credits, laughed out loud more than once, and salute the repeated use of "bouf-head" as a term of endearment.


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