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The Club (1980)

Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

David Williamson (screenplay), David Williamson (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Thompson ... Laurie Holden
Graham Kennedy ... Ted Parker
Frank Wilson Frank Wilson ... Jock Riley
Harold Hopkins ... Danny Rowe
John Howard ... Geoff Hayward
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Gerry Cooper
Maggie Doyle Maggie Doyle ... Susy
Lou Richards ... Commentator
Toni-Gay Shaw Toni-Gay Shaw ... Stripper
Jack Harris Jack Harris ... 1st Club Official
Frank Raggatt Frank Raggatt ... 2nd Club Official
Jim Cain Jim Cain ... 3rd Club Official
Gary Files Gary Files ... 2nd Football Commentator
Ed Turley Ed Turley ... Tony
Scot Palmer Scot Palmer ... Newspaper Reporter 1 / Radio Panelist
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Storyline

Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

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It's tough enough on the field, but in the boardroom it's a battleground! In this club nobody plays by the rules See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Director Bruce Beresford once wrote that the film's emphasis was on the backstage politics of Australian Football and not on the football players but with capturing the essence of the torture of the game. See more »

Goofs

In the movie's end credits, Bob Davis is misspelt as 'Bob David' See more »

Quotes

Jock: With the team we'll have next year Jesus Christ would be flat out making the reserves!
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Real action on the field brought to life by gifted playwright
11 February 2013 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

Again David Williamson has shone, and showed us how his plays become gem movies. If you're a footy player, you're gonna love this movie cause you'll relate with it. C'mon, let's face it, every footy player is expendable. What's happening here, is just buck passing. What I loved about Jack Thompson's character, the best player in this one, is he shoots straight from the hip. It's such an effective performance, you'd think he really was footballer. Frank Wilson and Graham Kennedy, (sorry, Kennedy, a slimy captain is the best performer here) are the representatives of this team, who signed on a new player, yes John Howard in his much thinner days, who'd rather watch a seagull, then kick a ball. Howard, the comic in this tale, too sees through this dirty game, where a score of good players are removed, so the club fights back. It's great when Howard pulls Wilson's chain, with a childhood story. The happy ending that will send hearts appeased, will make you howl with victory, it's message of fighting back, has never hit harder. Watch this for Kennedy's finest moment as the great actor and legendary icon he was.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1980 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

AUD700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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