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The Great Bookie Robbery 

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Based in Melbourne, Australia in the 1980s, a true story about a group of men desperate for money who plan one of the greatest heists in Australian history. Bigger then any of their ... See full summary »
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John Bach ...  Mike Power
Catherine Wilkin ...  Carol Power
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Bruno Lawrence ...  Cracka Park
Andy Anderson ...  Tony Loft
George Spartels ...  Jaffa Davis
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Ray Meagher ...  Bob Temple
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ...  Sonya Reynolds
Gary Sweet ...  Chicka White
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Based in Melbourne, Australia in the 1980s, a true story about a group of men desperate for money who plan one of the greatest heists in Australian history. Bigger then any of their previous jobs this one is a lot harder then ever thought of but evading police and staying low is a much bigger task. Written by mickygee-63415

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The True Crime Story of Australia's Most Daring Heist


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Release Date:

15 November 1986 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Det stora påskrånet See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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1.33 : 1
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Robbo Robbins: Ready fellas?
Bank Manager: How much is it?
Bank Worker: Forty two thousand, five hundred.
Bank Manager: Well May Nichols will here shortly so seal it up, will you?
Robbo Robbins: Hats on.
Jaffa Davis: We're not out yet.
Robbo Robbins: Do it!
Jaffa Davis: Hold it, hold it, look.
Robbo Robbins: What the hell! For Christ's sake, they're early. Get us out of here.
Cracka Park: No, let's do it.
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Referenced in O videoklabas (1987) See more »

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Great Australian Crime Mini Series
28 August 2011 | by paulwattsSee all my reviews

This rather forgotten 1986 mini series of 270 minutes length approaches the subject matter rather differently to the more recent Underbelly and even Blue Murder. There isn't a huge amount of blood and gore, and even less nudity. It concentrates more on the lead up events and meticulous planning of the event, and its aftermath. In this way it is much more of a drama/thriller. The characters are very well developed, the frustration of the women of the criminals is especially well portrayed.

The robbery itself took place in April, 1976, however by using non-real names, the makers of this series were able to depict events in a contemporary setting. Hence you will see a News of the World (an English paper in Melbourne?) from June 1985, being read by a character in a VK Commodore (1984-5 model).

This show is highly recommended, but rather difficult to find these days.

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