You Can't Stop the Murders (2003)

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Small-town police fear for their lives after a set of serial murders with a Village People connection.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Constable Gary Raymond
Akmal Saleh ...
Constable Akmal
Anthony Mir ...
Detective Tony Charles
Chief Carter
Kirstie Hutton ...
Julia Broadmeadows
Rob Carlton ...
Bob the Postman
Kenny Graham ...
Lester Morris ...
Kitty Flanagan ...
Steve Abbott ...
Haskel Daniel ...
Len / Cameraman
Bruce Venables ...
Henry the Butcher
Work Experience Girl


Police in the tiny Australian town of Sleepy West are baffled by a series of murders in which a biker, a construction worker, a sailor, a cowboy and an Indian are killed. To their horror, they realise that someone is killing people with the same occupations as the Village People, and there is one occupation left - the cop! With the help of a reluctant detective from out of town, the police race to find the killer before one of them turns up dead. Written by Alexander Lum

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...nobody can stop the murders!


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Surprisingly gentle and wildly funny
7 May 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

"Okay, let's take a vote. Who thinks he's not being sarcastic and I AM the smartest guy in the world?" You Can't Stop the Murders never got released outside Australia, which is a great pity since it's one of the funniest comedies in years, and has a killer premise. West Village is a small Australian town that barely registers a heartbeat, where the postman never has any mail, the main source of revenue is a badly signposted 10-metre long speed trap, the two local and almost identically named biker gangs (the Vandillas and the Vandillos) keep on getting each others' gas bills and local lovelorn prematurely balding cop Gary dreams of the local TV news reporter (biggest scoop: the butcher's premium mincemeat is just regular mincemeat) while practising for the line dancing championship. And then the murders start as someone targets West Village's people – a biker, a construction worker, a sailor, a cowboy, an Indian, all left with their decapitated bodies spelling out the letters Y, M, C…. When the most obvious suspect (well, the only one in town apart from the mum of one of the cops who has a really big knife) comes up with an alibi, in comes a trigger-happy, media-friendly egomaniacal big-city cop to steal the local boy's thunder and, of course, the girl of his dreams.

At once surprisingly gentle and wildly funny, it's a great character comedy with a likable unknown ensemble cast of eccentrics, the cops worst among them – the hero's sidekick is constantly coming up with inane ideas for movies (such as The Adventures of Dead Dog or an intellectual sperm that becomes a media celebrity to the chagrin of it's moronic host: "It's a tragedy") while the excessively devout chief of police suspects Satan ("the real one") and has his own odd ideas on going undercover. But beyond an endless stream of great gags, it's also genuinely fond of its characters, which just adds to the likability. In fact, despite the premise, it's almost reminiscent of Tati's Jour de Fete in its affectionate tone, and does indeed include a disastrously unattended 'Funfest' day. Unfussily directed by Anthony Mir, who also co-wrote with co-stars Gary Eck and Akmal Saleh, it may be hard to find, but it's definitely worth the effort. Watch out for the Love Panda, though.

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