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Malcolm (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi | 5 November 1986 (USA)
Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. ... See full summary »

Director:

Nadia Tass

Writer:

David Parker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Friels ... Malcolm Hughes
Lindy Davies Lindy Davies ... Judith
Chris Haywood ... Willy
John Hargreaves ... Frank Baker
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Tramways supervisor
Beverley Phillips Beverley Phillips ... Mrs. T
Judith Stratford Judith Stratford ... Jenny
Heather Mitchell Heather Mitchell ... Barmaid
Tony Mahood Tony Mahood ... Tram Conductor
David Letch ... Restaurant Hoon #2
Mike Bishop Mike Bishop ... Armed Guard
David Johnston David Johnston ... TV Announcer
Katerina Tassopoulos Katerina Tassopoulos ... Jenny's Mother
Ian McFadyen Ian McFadyen ... Model Shop Salesman
Ian Shrives Ian Shrives ... Split Car Cop #1
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Storyline

Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. Malcolm, with Frank's help, turns to a life of crime. Written by Dougal Scott <dwagon@aaii.oz.au>

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A comedy of hopes and schemes. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El laberinto de Malcolm See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,064, 20 July 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$544,472
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Parker tells the story of the time when clearing out a production office, coming across a pile of scripts forwarded on from Hollywood agents following the success of "Malcolm". On the front page of one of the rejected scripts, Nadia Tass had written across the front page "We've already done this. Pass." The script was titled "Forrest Gump". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tramways supervisor: You'd better get them separated.
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Crazy Credits

The character of 'Malcolm' was inspired by JOHN TASSOPOULOS. All other characters and events depicted in this motion picture are entirely fictional... See more »

Connections

Referenced in C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Evil Donald
(uncredited)
Written by Gumpy Phillips and John Phillips
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This film IS a must :)
16 October 2001 | by dragonwarriorSee all my reviews

I love this film,if not for the sheer inventiveness.The locations are great as are the characters,i.e the key role of Malcolm,played with sheer professionalism by Colin Freils.The funniest moments I think,revolve around Malcolm`s gadgets.Malcolm himself is possibly autistic,as I can`t remember if it`s said in the film,but as we know,autistic people make up for their lack of social skills admirably and in Malcolm`s case,his gift is in all things mechanical.The scene that make me burst out laughing the most was the actual robbery where normal everyday bins are used for a purpose their designers could`nt have thought of in a million years!! Also the music used by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra is a work of art,as it appears to be tailor made as the scene ends up looking like a ballet,when the music pauses so does the action.My hat is doffed to the creators of such a heartwarming film,and seeing as Australian humour is very much on a par with British humour,I had no trouble "getting it". Overall,a fantastic film that should be shown every Christmas,as further generation will enjoy it aswell for years to come.I know I will


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