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They're a Weird Mob (1966)

An Italian sports journalist arrives in Australia but finds no work. The only employment he can find is as a builder's labourer. At first, he cannot comprehend the culture, but eventually he finds mateship and romance.


Michael Powell


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




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


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 score of the film includes some music composed by Mikis Theodorakis for an earlier Michael Powell film, "Ill Met By Moonlight" (1957). See more »


Pat: You look a bit la-di-da to me for this kind of game. Where do you come from?
Nino Culotta: Italy.
Pat: You don't look like an Eyetie to me. More like a Jerry.
Nino Culotta: What is a Jerry please?
Pat: A Hun. A German. Or something that goes under a bed. Eyeties are not much better.
Nino Culotta: Do you know Italians?
Pat: I do. I was a prisoner of war over there.
Nino Culotta: Oh. You were captured by our soldiers in North Africa? Because my father was captain in North Africa.
Pat: Captured by your mob? Don't give me the tom tits. You Eyeties couldn't catch a bloody ...
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In This Man's Country
Words and Music by Rene Devereaux
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An icon of Aussie culture!
2 August 2003 | by opsbooksSee all my reviews

Recently restored and remastered (within a limited budget) for DVD release, this movie was a revelation in Aussie ways and customs, a near-to-totally honest portrayal of what it was like for immigrants arriving here back in the last half of the 20th Century (yes, it seems a long time ago).

The house that Nino built occupied a block in Greenacre, NSW, less than half a mile from where I was living at the time. I must have driven by it thousands of times. Previous prints screened on TV have been abysmal with washed out colour and scratchy images and sound. To see this near-as pristine print (for the most part) was an eye-opener and the scenes of Greenacre, Bankstown and other Sydney locations brought memories flooding back.

The cast of fine supporting actors makes the film worth watching, while the lead actor is simply perfect. One can't imagine anyone else in the part. The film flags towards the end but generally, it's great viewing.

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Release Date:

13 October 1966 (Australia) See more »

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Un italiano en Australia See more »


Box Office


AUD600,000 (estimated)
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Williamson/Powell See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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