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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The 'Calder' is the Calder Freeway (formerly Highway) that heads north-west out of Melbourne towards Bendigo. See more »


Ben Kinnear: [after kneeing Wicks in the testicles] Anyone for Plum Jam?
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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 Rio Bravo (1959) See more »


I'm Gonna Release Your Soul
Performed by Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes.
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Very Funny
27 July 2003 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

A very solid directorial debut from one of Australia's finest comedy talents. Well written with good performances from Bob Franklin, Judith Lucy & long time Martin partner in crime Mick Molloy. Not a laugh a minute film, but very funny all the same, with a strong storyline (something too many comedies lack). The opening scene from a visual gag point of view is a real highlight.

Another thing worth noting, in a recent radio interview to promote the film, Martin said he made a conscious effort not put any trams in the film, as trams always seem to make an appearance in films set in Melbourne. Martin succeeds, this time including a train, part of another funny scene

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