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Crackerjack (2002)

When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle ... See full summary »


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When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle where young meets old, greed meets good and people rise to the occasion in extraordinary circumstances. Written by Anonymous

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It's on for young and old




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Release Date:

7 November 2002 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

To epitimo melos  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$222,246 (Australia), 1 November 2002, Limited Release
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Did You Know?


Boggera Bowls Club is actually the Corowa Bowling Club in New South Wales; the largest bowls facility in the southern hemisphere. (There's actually no such suburb of Boggera in Melbourne.) See more »


When the Cityside club are travelling by bus to Bogarra, all the people on the bus in the long-shots are clearly stand-ins and the seating arrangement is completely different to the close ups inside the bus. The seating arrangement also varies between the long-shots. See more »


Supervisor: [about to review one of Jack's phone conversation] Why don't we listen into one of your calls shall we?
Jack Simpson: Excellent Idea
Jack Simpson: [over phone] Good afternoon, My name is Jack Simpson and you are a good-for-nothing layabout. Ha Ha!
Dave Jackson: [over phone] Hi Jack. How's it going?
Jack Simpson: Shithouse. I just had this idiot on the line going on and on, so i told her to blow it out her arse. Still on for later?
Dave Jackson: Yeah.
Jack Simpson: Okay, I'll see you at the bowls club. I told that dumbfuck supervisor I've got a migraine coming on, so I reckon I'll...
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.21 (2015) See more »


Performed by James Reyne and Australian Crawl
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A cracker of a film!
15 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

When I saw the trailer for Crackerjack, I thought this film was going to be an absolute shocker. How wrong was I? This is such an exquisite piece of Australiana. It's as if a time capsule was dug up from a bygone era and inside was this film. The true stars of Crackerjack are not Mick Malloy or Judith Lucy but a cavalcade of veteran Australian actors, brought back to cinematic life. A bit like Wim Wenders bringing back to life the ageing musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club. Where the comedy of 'The Nugget' failed to deliver, 'Crackerjack' more than succeeds. "Can I fix you a Radox bath champ?" This is just one dialogue related example of how engagingly Australian this film is. And you have to love the modern technology that is 'Bowl-cam'. The sound of the ball cutting through the manicured lawn and the camera following every movement of the ball is truly hypnotic.

'Crackerjack' is not aimed at mocking the ways of the elderly. Lawn bowls is more than sport. It's about friendships, a sense of community and values that now have probably escaped modern day society. It's also about tomato sandwiches, beer at genuine 1976 prices and helping yourself to the wheel of cheese! 'Crackerjack' takes aim at big business, which is squeezing out smaller clubs with the introduction of poker machines and the social and financial impact it's having on the elderly. There are so many things to be gained from seeing this film. Jack highly recommended!

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