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

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Cast

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Ben Kinnear
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Mike Paddock
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Julie Bale
Alan Brough ...
Northey
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Doug Gillespie
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Pendlebury
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Wicks
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Premier Lionel Cray
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Eleanor Poulgrain
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Bartlett
Denis Moore ...
Marcus Ridgeway
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Darcy
Chris Peters ...
Rodney Poulgrain
Peter Rowsthorn ...
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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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A deadly serious comedy. See more »

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24 July 2003 (Australia)  »

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Duros em Acção  »

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AUD 4,800,000 (estimated)

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

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 »

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Ben Kinnear: Photocopier's busted.
Julie Bale: Still?
Ben Kinnear: Yeah. I have to walk round the office describing my arse to everybody.
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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 »

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References Hard Target (1993) See more »

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I'm Gonna Release Your Soul
Performed by Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes.
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Light hearted tale of police corruption
26 November 2006 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I watched Bad Eggs with the preconception that it was a mix of serious cop drama and comedy. After watching The Late Show and listening to Martin/Molloy, Tony Martin has come to my attention again through his return to the airwaves on MMM. I am catching up on the self-confessed movie buff's interim works by watching Bad Eggs and reading his book Lolly Scramble.

Bob Franklin and Mick Molloy didn't strike me as the two best leading actors for a film, but they perform respectably within the low budget Australian comedy format. The comedy and drama are better integrated than I was expecting, Bad Eggs is basically a tale of two detectives with a capacity for ineptness and clumsiness, who get mixed up in corruption in their own department, the fictional Zero Tolerance Unit of Victoria. There probably actually are individual agencies like this now with a similar lack of transparency, with ASIO recently being expanded and given increased powers. The film gets serious when the two detectives get deeper and deeper in the poo, but the comedic elements return when they strike back with the help of Northey, played by Alan Borough.

On the whole Bad Eggs is akin to a film like True Lies on the comedy scale, it is primarily a drama with comedy arising from storyline elements rather than from deliberately inserted jokes. It never manages to excel in any particular area but what was achieved was a film with a professional look, a storyline that maintains interest for the first 90 minutes, and a cast of fairly decent Australian actors and comedians.


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