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Street Hero (1984)

Vinnie is a teenage boy who is an outcast at school, alienating teachers and students alike and he is a courier for the local Mafia boss.


Michael Pattinson


Jan Sardi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Colosimo ... Vinnie
Sigrid Thornton ... Gloria
Sandy Gore ... Bonnie Rogers
Bill Hunter ... Det. Fitzpatrick
Ray Marshall Ray Marshall ... George
Amanda Muggleton ... Miss Reagan
Peta Toppano Peta Toppano ... Vinnie's Mother
Luciano Catenacci Luciano Catenacci ... Ciccio
Peter Sardi ... Joey (as Peter Albert Sardi)
Robert Noble Robert Noble ... Mick O'Shea
Tibor Gyapjas Tibor Gyapjas ... Freddo
Vince D'Amico ... Nino
John Lee ... Vice Principal
Fincina Hopgood Fincina Hopgood ... Trixie
John Murphy John Murphy ... Old Harry


Vinnie is a teenage boy who is an outcast at school, alienating teachers and students alike and he is a courier for the local Mafia boss. He lives in welfare housing with his mother, a young brother and sister, and his Mother's lover who he cannot stand. Vinnie takes out his aggression with the world practicing boxing at the local gym. He is haunted by images of his father (when just a boy he witnessed his father's murder) and his father's boxing career. His music teacher encourages him to get involved as a drummer with the school band, and his girlfriend Gloria and others influence him to stay away from the Mafia. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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His Street. His Games. His Rules.




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Australia | USA



Release Date:

16 August 1984 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El héroe callejero See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Did You Know?


The red jacket that Vince Colosimo wears in this film featuring much rock music is similar to the one Michael Jackson made popular around the time in Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983). See more »


Every Beat of My Heart
Performed by Jon English and Renée Geyer
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Colosimo, an Eightie's hero
20 November 2014 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

I'm quite appalled by the user rating, here. The film too, does not have bad acting, especially from it's lead, Colosimo, where after this, his career went on hold, where all I can say is thank you for The Wog Boy and Chopper. Like Moving Out, here's another tale of angst. Colosimo is a rebel, involved in some bad dealings, while dealing with own domestic troubles, on the account of his violent father. He finds an outlet, fronting for the new drummer of a school band, while he does fall out here and there with people, like authorities and one teacher in particular, he ends up decking in a cheer moment. Street Hero is an exciting if sort of glamorized drama, shot in quite nice color. The film never dulls and Colosimo is an acting revelation, while I really enjoyed Peta Toppano, as the suffering mother, while I really lied Sandy Gore, back on board with Colosimo, as a lesbian teacher who takes him in, after a quite heavy and shocking tragedy. It has a great soundtrack, plus other songs, featuring one of Leo Sayer's I really liked. Watch for Adelaide's Paul Makin in the starting, spouting some priceless dialogue.

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