Ben Kinnear and Mike Paddock are two undercover detectives with way too much publicity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kinnear
Bob Franklin ...
Mike Paddock
Julie Bale
Alan Brough ...
Doug Gillespie
Premier Lionel Cray
Eleanor Poulgrain
Denis Moore ...
Marcus Ridgeway
Chris Peters ...
Rodney Poulgrain
Peter Rowsthorn ...


Ben Kinnear and Mike Paddock are detectives with the Melbourne Police force's elite Zero Tolerance Unit. When a freak accident involving a dead magistrate lands them on the front page of the local paper, Ben and Mike are busted down to uniformed duties. But when Ben discovers a strange link between the accident and the business affairs of a shady casino boss he and Mike have been investigating, the pair decide they can no longer turn a blind eye to the corruption rife amongst their own colleagues. Written by David Helvellin

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Release Date:

24 July 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Duros em Acção  »

Box Office


AUD 4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$426,103 (Australia) (25 July 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Heard briefly on a TV in Bartlett's security booth is the famous "Ken Bruce has gone completely mad" commercial for Melbourne discount whitegoods outlet Ken Bruce. The commercial, created by Headly Gritter aka David Teitelbaum was a frequent reference point on The Late Show (1992). See more »


Mike Paddock: So why'd this bloke top himself?
Ben Kinnear: They found some photos in the car. Let's just say the "respected magistrate" liked to... uh...
Mike Paddock: What?
Ben Kinnear: I'm trying to think of a legal term that has... you know, a sexual double-meaning?
Mike Paddock: 'Perform acts with underage prostitutes'?
Ben Kinnear: Is that a legal term?
Mike Paddock: Dunno, but it's the exact phrase I put on my Psychological Test under 'ambitions'.
Mike Paddock: There's someone behind me, isn't there? And it's the worst possible person it could be, isn't it?
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The characters, entities, events and scenes depicted in this film are fictitious. Any similarities to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual entities or events are purely coincidental. Except for the bit where dog bit the sprinkler. That really happened. See more »


References Turkey Shoot (1982) See more »


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Performed by Frank Sinatra with Count Basie and His Orchestra
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Bad Eggs is Good Eggs
3 August 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There are a number of Australian movies around that tend to play up the typical Australian bloke or "sheila" image which quite frankly, make me want to curl up and die in embarrassment. (One of the previews I saw with this movie does nothing to make me think otherwise, a movie called Take Away). Then there are movies like Bad Eggs.

Bad Eggs tends not to try and have a laugh at us Aussies, rather, it aims (and for the most part, succeeds) in going for main stream comedy which could well work for international audiences.

If you can get past the so called "acting"(they are mostly stand up comedians, not thespians)you may end up enjoying a very witty movie, which contains quite a few sight gags, which are very funny. (The one in which the security guard is watching a send up of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is quite hilarious)

"Imagine what you could do, with that cash bonanza of $478 dollars".

Even if you are not an Aussie, you should still find plenty to laugh at with this movie.

This is without doubt "Champagne comedy"

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