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Footy Legends (2006)

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An unemployed sports fan enters an amateur rugby league tournament where losing just isn't an option if he's to keep his family together.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anh Do ...
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Lloydy
Lisa Saggers ...
Anne
Tom Simmons ...
Job Interviewer
Brett MacDouall ...
Holden Cup Model
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Alison Berry
Hien Nguyen ...
Luc's Mother
Kevin Vo ...
Jason McGoldrick ...
Boof
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Terry
Paul Nakad ...
Walid
Susan O'Brien ...
Art Teacher
Holly Austin ...
Art Student
Shane McDonald ...
Shane (as Shane MacDonald)
Tristian Fereti ...
Donald
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Set in Sydney's western suburbs, FOOTY LEGENDS tells the story of Luc Vu, a young man with an obsession about football. Out of work, and with welfare authorities threatening to take away his little sister, Luc re-unites his old high school football team to win a competition that could change all their lives. Written by George

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3 August 2006 (Australia)  »

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Sonho de Vitória  »

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$149,355 (Australia) (4 August 2006)

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$177,273 (Australia) (4 August 2006)
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Matthew Johns, Mario Fenech, Adam Ritson, Bradley Clyde, Gary Larson, Cliff Lyons, Rod Wishart, and Brett Kenny (who all portray themselves in the film) are ex-professional rugby league players from New South Wales. Andrew Voss (who also plays himself) is a Rugby League commentator on the Nine Network (television) in Australia. See more »

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Luc Vu: At least we've got teeth!
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A genuine Australian, feel-good movie
28 July 2006 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Footy Legends is a curious film in that it is the first movie about rugby league to make a genuine impact. It is funny, it is moving and it features plenty of rugby league action, plus a wealth of league legends, including Matty Johns, Mario Fenech, Brett Kenny, Cliff Lyons, Gary Larson, Rod Wishart, Brad Clyde and others.

The star of the movie is Anh Do, who is also involved in the writing and production. His performance is exceptional, demonstrating an impressive array of emotions through facial expressions and body language. Here is a young man who can make a big impact on the Australian movie scene, particularly if he can continue to contribute to quality scripts.

The other impressive qualities of the movie are tight editing and a wonderful music score. Many Aussie movies lose impact by overplaying scenes and thus losing momentum. Footy Legends avoids this trap by keeping each scene to a length that says what needs to be said, then moves on. This is good editing and a feature of Khoa Do's directorial debut in a fictional feature film.

The music score ideally supports the settings and suits the pace and intentions of the movie.

Quality Australian actors Claudia Karvan and Peter Phelps add depth to the movie, but it is Anh Do's performance which stands out. Hopefully this will be the start of a long career for this talented performer.

Whether the movie has enough diversity to appeal to overseas markets remains to be seen, but it has the right blend of comedy, pathos and "feel-good" to suggest that it will capture the attention and interest of Australian audiences. I hope so, because it deserves a wide audience.


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