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You Can't Stop the Murders (2003)

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

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Constable Gary Raymond
Akmal Saleh ...
Constable Akmal
Anthony Mir ...
Detective Tony Charles
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Chief Carter
Kirstie Hutton ...
Julia Broadmeadows
Rob Carlton ...
Barry
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Bob the Postman
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Sebastian
Kenny Graham ...
Nigel
Lester Morris ...
Roger
Kitty Flanagan ...
Berryl
Steve Abbott ...
Warren
Haskel Daniel ...
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Bruce Venables ...
Henry the Butcher
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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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Comedy | Thriller

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13 March 2003 (Australia)  »

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Make it stop
11 April 2007 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

When going to their movies, I used to actively search out the Aussie films. These were often low budget wonders with iconoclastic/individualistic qualities. They often had a single uitlander(non Australian) somewhere in the cast ( e.g. MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER with Kirk Douglas, PRISCILLA etc with Terence Stamp) with the up and coming burgeoning talents like Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe and Toni Collette amongst others.) And you were pretty much guaranteed an interesting time.

And then they discovered that they weren't actually making bad little movies. And got vain. And instead of careful nurturing we get more randomly thrown together product. Product as opposed to craft. And it ends up looking like this.

This started with a cute little idea; It's set in a small town, West Village( a play on Go west and Greenwich Village) somewhere in Oz where the most exciting thing that usually happens is a dog runs away). And then people start being murdered in a style reminiscent of the Village People. Could've been great.

And is unremittingly awful. Written by three alleged comedians from somewhere in the comedic basements of Australia, it doesn't know what the hell it is. There's a bit of a Miami Vice pastiche, some line dancing and omni present confusion. Great direction makes you want to know about the characters and where they are going within the story arc. Poor direction makes you wonder why you're there. Thank god popcorn doesn't fly otherwise screens around the country would be saturated.

The problem occurs when you get stand-up comedians trying to up their exposure outside of their usual 15 minute routine. It is populated with friends of friends and relatives instead of talent. According to the director, Anthony Mir (not short for Mirth) the original story started as a two minute sketch for TV. Why in god's name did they let it get longer? Should've been stopped at birth.


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