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Death in Brunswick (1990)

Carl Fitzgerald is down-on-his-luck until he meets Sophie, a beautiful Greek girl. He gets a job as a cook, but accidentally kills fellow worker Mustafa. He turns to his unscrupulous best ... See full summary »

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John Ruane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Carl 'Cookie' Fitzgerald
Zoe Carides Zoe Carides ... Sophie Papafogos
John Clarke ... Dave
Yvonne Lawley Yvonne Lawley ... Mrs. Fitzgerald (Carl's mother)
Nick Lathouris ... Mustafa
Nicholas Papademetriou Nicholas Papademetriou ... Yanni Voulgaris
Boris Brkic Boris Brkic ... Laurie
Deborah Kennedy Deborah Kennedy ... June
Doris Younane ... Carmel
Denis Moore Denis Moore ... Catholic Priest
Kris Karahisarlis Kris Karahisarlis ... Aris
Steve Hutchison Steve Hutchison ... Tony
Huriye Balkaya Huriye Balkaya ... Mustafa's Wife
Orhan Akkus Orhan Akkus ... Aslan
Daniel Kadamani Daniel Kadamani ... Cousin Con
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Storyline

Carl Fitzgerald is down-on-his-luck until he meets Sophie, a beautiful Greek girl. He gets a job as a cook, but accidentally kills fellow worker Mustafa. He turns to his unscrupulous best friend for help and together they attempt to dispose of the body. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Carl's life is a minefield. Dave's in charge of damage control.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1991 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Nothing to Lose See more »

Filming Locations:

Brunswick, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Paul Hagl has made a video tracking down the locations used in the film, available on YouTube as "Reel Streets of Melbourne - Death in Brunswick (1990)". See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Cal goes to church with his mother, in the rite of peace when shaking hand with Mustafa, a boom mic appears at the top left. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Oh good, you found her.
Carl 'Cookie' Fitzgerald: Found who?
Dave: Mrs. de Marco.
Carl 'Cookie' Fitzgerald: Who's Mrs. de Marco?
Dave: I dunno. But you're standing right on top of her.
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Features Howling III (1987) See more »

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Sam Neill plays against type and gives us an anti-hero to die for
2 August 2005 | by rcathcartSee all my reviews

Death in Brunswick is a smashing wee film. It comes from that venerable antipodean tradition of the "cooky" movie - see: almost anything by Baz Luhrmann or films like The Team, Goodbye Pork Pie, Don's Party, Cars that ate Paris etc etc. Off beat doesn't describe this kind of film - so talk about refreshing. Just when you think the narrative is heading along in a "I-sort-of-get-this" direction - some new character or plot device comes up and wryly calls you over and says: nah that would be too boring.

Fear not though this isn't laboured zaniness or posturing surreality - this is clever, clever, clever stuff - character driven, funny as...and basically something to get you thinking. And get this: someone actually sat in a room somewhere and thought: "Right we'll get that handsome Sam Neill guy and make him a play a weedy loser who lives with his mum." ???Only in Oz. No wonder the man himself ranks this gem among his favourite movies.


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