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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

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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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 »

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Comedy | Crime | Sci-Fi

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5 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El laberinto de Malcolm  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,064, 20 July 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$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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[first lines]
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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Music for a Found Harmonium
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Music by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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A Classic Aussie Film
7 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

If you're not Australian you may find this movie a little strange, but extremely funny. It is great Australian humour set on a socially inept man, Malcolm (Colin Friels), and his love of trams. To make some extra cash Malcolm has some live in tenants who to say the least are very different to him.

As a Melburnian it was a pleasure to watch the trams, an icon of the city throughout this movie, and the familiar city scapes. This however was not the reason "Malcolm" was so good.

The acting in this film is spot on and the script and writing is wonderfully imaginative and original. If you like Australian comedy's rent it. If you've never seen an Australian comedy give it a go, if for nothing else but the superb soundtrack.


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