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Idiot Box (1996)

Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Kev
Jeremy Sims Jeremy Sims ... Mick
John Polson ... Jonah
Graeme Blundell ... Detective Eric
Deborah Kennedy ... Detective Leanne
Robyn Loau Robyn Loau ... Lani
Amanda Muggleton ... Mum
Rita Loffo Rita Loffo ... Bank Teller
Stephen Caesar Stephen Caesar ... Scary TV Crim
Chris Noonan ... Scary TV Crim
Mark Perry Mark Perry ... Scary TV Crim
Emma Tom Emma Tom ... TV Gangster Moll
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Greg / Laughing Boy
Lenny Rowe Lenny Rowe ... Scary TV Crim
Paul Gleeson ... Terry


Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, angry and unemployed, gets the guns. Two undercover cops and a highly strung speed dealer are not far behind. Written by Dan Miles <danmiles@hotmail.com>

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We're Not Gonna Shoot Anyone. We're Just Gonna Have Some Fun. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Idiot Box: la caja tonta See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Reflected in a window of the bank building opposite when Kev and Mick are rehearsing their robbery on their bicycles. See more »


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Another Stunning Film From The Aussies
11 August 1999 | by danielbrSee all my reviews

Idiot Box is a deliberately paced,philosophical and realistic comedy/drama from Australia.

Like many Australian films this is an artistic and original piece of film making with something important to say.If you were thrilled by Bad Boy Bubby's intelligent and insightful script you will be equally pleased by Idiot Box's insightful,realistic and philosophical script.

This film is also written by it's Director. It's David Caesar''s first film and hopefully not his last.Caesar has made a film filled with realistic characters and equally true to life situations and denouements to them.This is a film with great dialogue which amuses and provokes thought.His characters are all well developed and very credible as possible real people.

The story of Idiot Box is about two unemployed losers Kev (Ben Mendelson) and Mick (Jeremy Sims),who one day decided that robbing a bank wouldn't be such a bad idea.The movie deals with the lead up to this possible event and at the same time it is very much a slice of life style film.Like many great Australian film's (e.g. The Well) Idiot Box is able to have it's cake and eat it.By having solid character development and a enjoyable and original story.

The performances are also strong.Ben Mendelson as the explosive and angry Kev is extremely credible never becoming a caricature of his character for a minute.The smarter,slack and philosophical Mick is equally well played by Jeremy Sims.Sims brings to the screen a wonderfully multi-layered character who seems utterly credible.

David Caesar has also brought a sumptuous visual design to his picture making the most of cinema's widescreens.He shows us many lovely panoramic views of the wasteland of Australian suburbia.If this is not seen in the theaters or on video without widescreen much of the film's eloquence and beauty will be lost.

Overall Idiot Box is another powerful and meaningful film from Australia,which excels in all elements of film making.Idiot Box also packs an ending which though in some ways an anti-climax,it is one the truest and credible endings I've seen in film.


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