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True story about a jailed bank robber who pretends he's become blind to get an early release. Cops don't believe him, but a lonely minister's wife arrives to teach him how to live with his "condition". They fall in love. Big mistake.

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Claude Whatham

Writer:

Ken Quinnell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hargreaves ... Martin Stang
Judy Davis ... Sarah
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Ralph
Wendy Hughes ... Lucy
Max Cullen ... Buster
Paul Chubb ... Reid
Wendy Strehlow ... Martin's sister
Michael Caton ... Shapley
Kim Deacon Kim Deacon ... Marion
Les Foxcroft Les Foxcroft ... Baldy
Colin Friels ... Robert
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Shakey
Brian McDermott Brian McDermott ... Collins
Paul Sonkkila Paul Sonkkila ... Lancaster
Geoffrey Rush ... Detective 1
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True story about a jailed bank robber who pretends he's become blind to get an early release. Cops don't believe him, but a lonely minister's wife arrives to teach him how to live with his "condition". They fall in love. Big mistake.

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It's a bluff ... but can he con them all? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoodwink - Pakoon! See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Theatrical feature film debut for Geoffrey Rush. See more »

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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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fascinating early Australian realism
18 March 2010 | by BERSERKERpoetrySee all my reviews

"Hoodwink" isn't exactly what it's advertised to be. It's supposedly a crime/con man film, but it takes an abrupt 180 degree turn about half the way through and becomes a more straightforward drama. It's hard to say if this works or not. But I can say that both halves are very well acted and directed. Just don't expect to end with the same film you started with. If you do, there's a fair chance you'll be disappointed.

John Hargreaves is a very charismatic actor. As soon as you see him, there's something about the character of Martin Stang that draws you in. He is manipulative, intelligent, and complicated. Much to the point of never quite letting the viewer know who real he's really being. Judy Davis plays what is, for her, a very atypical role. She's very convincing. I suppose what really makes "Hoodwink" such an immediately engaging film is how true it feels. Director Claude Whatham and cinematographer Dean Semler create a very solid world together. It feels real, it captures the subtleties of human interaction without a lot of nonsense getting in the way of things. And that's just too hard to find these days.


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