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They're a Weird Mob (1966)

Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousin's magazine, only to find that when he gets there the magazine's folded,... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Powell

Writers:

John O'Grady (novel) (as Nino Culotta), Emeric Pressburger (screenplay) (as Richard Imrie)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Chiari ... Nino Culotta
Claire Dunne Claire Dunne ... Kay Kelly
Chips Rafferty ... Harry Kelly
Alida Chelli Alida Chelli ... Giuliana
Ed Devereaux ... Joe Kennedy
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ... Pat
John Meillon ... Dennis
Charles Little Charles Little ... Jimmy
Anne Haddy Anne Haddy ... Barmaid
Jack Allen Jack Allen ... Fat Man in Bar
Red Moore Red Moore ... Texture Man
Ray Hartley Ray Hartley ... Newsboy
Tony Bonner ... Lifesaver
Alan Lander Alan Lander ... Charlie
Keith Peterson Keith Peterson ... Drunk Man on Ferry
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Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousin's magazine, only to find that when he gets there the magazine's folded, the cousins done a runner & the money his cousin sent for the fare was borrowed from the daughter of the boss of a local construction firm. So Nino tries to get a job & finishes up ... laying bricks. Nino works hard & makes friends with lots of locals, Nino & Kay argue a lot, Nino & Kay fall in love ... Kay takes Nino to meet 'Daddy' but daddy hates journalists, immigrants and bricklayers (he's now BOSS of a construction firm). Nino starts to win him over with his charm & determination to marry Kay. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Hilarious best-seller now becomes... The funniest film ever made about Australians!


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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1966 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Eles vão dar o que falar See more »

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Budget:

AUD 600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Williamson/Powell See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Gregory Peck originally planned to produce and star after he had bought the rights while filming " On the Beach" in 1959. See more »

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Referenced in Making Age of Consent (2009) See more »

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I Kiss You, You Kiss Me
Written by Walter Chiari
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Portrays a different Australia which has long gone
23 September 2003 | by Bruce CorneilSee all my reviews

A largely accurate portrayal of typical Australian attitudes, lifestyles and aspirations of the era, this movie was a celebration of the country's easy going and proudly egalitarian spirit. And, even more significantly, as it predates the contrived, heavy handed and deliberately boorish "Ocker" nonsense that came into vogue a bit later, it remains an excellent example of genuine, laid back Aussie humor at its best.

However, looking at it again, all these years later, it now provides a stark reminder of just how much things have changed. Sadly, Australia is no longer quite the same sun drenched "workers paradise" where the average punter could afford a Sydney Harbourside home on little more than a basic wage and buy a crayfish (lobster) for a couple of dollars on a Saturday night. It really was one big endless summer.


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