Gettin' Square (2003)

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Gettin' Square is about starting over, keeping clean and going straight. Barry Wirth is fresh out of prison and determined to stay on the straight and narrow. But like his mate Johnny 'Spit... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry 'Wattsy' Wirth
Darren 'Dabba' Barrington
Annie Flynn
Chicka Martin
Niall Toole
Arnie DeViers
Joey Wirth
Craig 'Crusher' Knobes
Con Katsakis
Gary Waddell ...
Dennis Obst
Lenny Morrison
Helen Thomson ...
Marion Barrington
Marea Lambert Barker ...
Joe Bugner ...
Big Mick


Gettin' Square is about starting over, keeping clean and going straight. Barry Wirth is fresh out of prison and determined to stay on the straight and narrow. But like his mate Johnny 'Spit' Spiteri and reformed gangster turned restaurateur Dabba, he finds out the hard way that there are old scores and a few new ones that'll make getting square a lot harder than he thought. Written by Anonymous

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9 October 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Egyenesbe jövünk  »

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$180,937 (Australia) (17 October 2003)


$568,522 (Australia) (17 October 2003)

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The writer, Chris Nyst, is a prominent criminal lawyer who has represented Peter Foster and Pauline Hanson among others. See more »


The postcard from Israel has an Australian air mail sticker on it. See more »


Johnny Francis 'Spit' Spitieri: I already told you: I don't know nothing about that shit.
Richard Dent QC: Yes, well...
Johnny Francis 'Spit' Spitieri: Oh... I'm sorry your honor. I didn't mean to say "shit." It's just this fucking guy's getting to me, he's trying to put words into my mouth and that.
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David Wenham needs a shower
11 April 2004 | by (Dubbo, Australia) – See all my reviews

A solid example of an Aussie crime/comedy caper - but more than that, it's a brilliant display by David Wenham, who deserves much applause (and a good shower) for his portrayal of Johnny 'Spit' Spiteri.

Many things come together to make this a great Aussie film. The cinematography is clever and fresh, the script is, and the acting is superb.

Sam Worthington is Barry, recently out of prison, who lands a job as a chef in a struggling restaurant, run by Darren (the wonderful Timothy Spall), an ex-con trying to stay straight. When Darren runs into trouble with a suspect $200,000, and Barry's friend Spit runs afoul of the local gangster (Gary Sweet), they team up for a double-cross - but it's much more complicated than that.

The script is smart and devilish, but while it twists and turns, it never approaches ridiculousness. Written by prominent criminal lawyer Chris Nyst, you wonder who much is fact and how much is fiction - something here seems plausible.

That might be just the superb acting. Worthington is solid and believable, but Wenham utterly steals the show as the hapless, mullet-wearing Spit. One scene where Spit goes before a court hearing is one of the highlights of Aussie cinema of the last decade. It's stunningly scripted, brilliantly acted - and very funny.

'Gettin Square' isn't as good as 'Two Hands' - it's uneven at times, slightly plodding early on, and takes 40 minutes to really get into the script - but it's still well worth the entry price.

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