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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Malcolm Hughes
Lindy Davies ... Judith
... Willy
... Frank Baker
... Tramways supervisor
Beverley Phillips ... Mrs. T
Judith Stratford ... Jenny
Heather Mitchell ... Barmaid
Tony Mahood ... Tram Conductor
... Restaurant Hoon #2
Mike Bishop ... Armed Guard
David Johnston ... TV Announcer
Katerina Tassopoulos ... Jenny's Mother
Ian McFadyen ... Model Shop Salesman
Ian Shrives ... Split Car Cop #1
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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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5 November 1986 (USA)  »

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El laberinto de Malcolm  »

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$7,064, 20 July 1986, Limited Release

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$544,472
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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 »

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Tramways supervisor: You'd better get them separated.
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The character of 'Malcolm' was inspired by JOHN TASSOPOULOS. All other characters and events depicted in this motion picture are entirely fictional... See more »

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Referenced in Stark: An Interview with Ben Elton (2007) See more »

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The Ecstasy Of Dancing Fleas
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Music by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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3 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Malcolm is one of several movies produced by David Parker & Nadia Tass. It won 8 A.F.I. (Australian Film Industry) awards when first produced.

Malcolm was one of my favourite movies while growing up, particularly because of my own love of tinkering and model railroads. It and Rikky & Pete are still two of my favourite movies, light heared Australian comedies that didn't shy away from anything, which is the depressing reality of more and more modern movies.

As it goes it actually has a few stars cast (local stars though not international) in it.

While somewhat simple (in the story this is blamed at least partially on his upbringing by his mother in what is an ethnic neighbourhood) Malcolm has a flair for invention which gets him fired from his job with the Melbourne tram company after he builds a working tram out of spare parts. After being laid off he is told he needs to get a boarder in to support himself financially. Enter Frank an ex-con still upto criminal activities who brings in his girlfriend Judith to live in the other room.

It is a good fun family movie which most if not all will enjoy, provided the Australian style of comedy and pacing don't get to you (this is typical of Tass & Parker who tend to put a very Australian feel to all the movies they produced together which means the pace is laid back, the language a touch vulgar, and the whole affair is a realistic depiction of human beings [the car that split in half was actually built it's not just a prop]).


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