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Stiff (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Crime  -  20 June 2004 (Australia)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Murray Whelan
Angelo Agnelli
Julian O'Donnell ...
Red Whelan
Wendy Whelan
Darren Casey ...
Lionel Merricks
Tamara Searle ...
Denis Moore ...
Suzie Dee ...
Apps' Receptionist
George Prataris ...
Alan Brough ...
Alan Hopgood ...
Herb Gardiner
Sue Jones ...
Woman Next Door
Ramez Tabit ...


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Comedy | Crime





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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 »


Followed by The Brush-Off (2004) See more »

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20 June 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I just saw the network premiere of this film, and I must say that I wasn't completely sure what to make of it. I was often left wondering where the direction of the movie was going, and the climax wasn't overly climactic. I did find it, however, to be easy to enjoy and relaxing to sit through.

David Wenham plays a lovable, struggling father, if not a bit of a nimrod, but all of those qualities are endearing to his character. It's an ironic look at an Aussie battler getting in over his head with a kind of low-key Turkish mafia mob. The irony is, his life is as stiff as the body he's sent to investigate, and everything kind of snowballs into chaos from there. In the process of turning his life upside down, things somehow result in being the right way up, or at least acceptable.

A lot of the humour in this movie is very dry, and that's maybe why it appealed to me. I really enjoyed Wenham's character, and especially the way he deals with his problems. Or doesn't. I think more attention should have been paid to the villains and fleshing out that plot line for more impact at the conclusion of the film. Still, I really liked it, but I don't expect every will.

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