Murray Whelan, a young political adviser to the Labor Minister for Ethnic Affairs, must play detective when he gets unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation. Based on a popular Australian series of detective books.

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Murray Whelan
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Angelo Agnelli
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Trish
Julian O'Donnell ...
Red Whelan
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Wendy Whelan
Darren Casey ...
Ant
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Lionel Merricks
Tamara Searle ...
Ayisha
Denis Moore ...
Apps
Susie Dee ...
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George Prataris ...
Memo
Alan Brough ...
McGuire
Alan Hopgood ...
Herb Gardiner
Sue Jones ...
Woman Next Door
Ramez Tabit ...
Sivan
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Murray Whelan, a young political adviser to the Labor Minister for Ethnic Affairs, must play detective when he gets unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation. Based on a popular Australian series of detective books.

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When Murray pokes a hole on his ceiling all the lights go out as he causes a short circuit and blows a fuse. However, a lamp in the corner remains on. This, though unlikely, is possible as the lamp would run off the power circuit on the house rather than the lighting circuit. See more »

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An enjoyable adaption, a humorous TV-movie
21 June 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

An amusing and entertaining TV-movie, "Stiff" showcases David Wenham as Murray Whelan, political fixer and amateur investigator.

It made me laugh with its combination of in-jokes, political cameos, and physical humour: in this respect, the translation from the page to the screen allowed the telemovie to become the superior story - however, the detail of the book was obviously missing in the adaption.

Finally, Wenham came across as a cross between his characters Jim Doyle ("The Bank") and Johnny Spitieri ("Gettin' Square"): Knowledgeable but also slightly sloppy and tired. The supporting cast did a great job, as did John Clarke on the story adaption.

All up, Three and a Half out of Five.


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