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The Efficiency Expert (1992)

Spotswood (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 6 November 1992 (USA)
An expert on productivity shows wacky workers in 1966 Australia how to run their moccasin factory like clockwork, despite laying off more than half the workforce.

Director:

Mark Joffe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Errol Wallace
Ben Mendelsohn ... Carey
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Mr. Ball
Bruno Lawrence ... Robert, Carey's Father
John Walton John Walton ... Jerry Finn
Rebecca Rigg ... Cheryl Ball
Toni Collette ... Wendy Robinson
Russell Crowe ... Kim Barry
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Caroline Wallace
Dan Wyllie ... Frank Fletcher
John Flaus ... Gordon
Gary Adams Gary Adams ... Kevin
Jeff Truman ... Ron
Toni Lamond Toni Lamond ... Mrs. Lorna Ball
Jillian Murray ... Ophelia, Carey's Mom (as Jillian Murray)
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Storyline

Wallace is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems from another era, Wallace has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is confronted by the human faces such plans hurt. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Taglines:

He entered their factory as the enemy. He left as their hero. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and brief mild violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Efficiency Expert See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$101,307
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film has also been released under the title "Spotswood", the name of the Melbourne suburb in which the film is set. See more »

Goofs

The last scene shows Carey and Wendy on the house roof with the West Gate Bridge in the background. The film is set in the 1960s but construction of the bridge only started in 1968 with the bridge being completed in 1978. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Wallace: [about his factory client] How's the new place?
Wallace: Oh, its strange. It's like visiting my grandfather's house and finding it full of people.
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Crazy Credits

The 1960s in Australia were a period of great upheaval, followed by downheaval and, eventually, heaval. Presiding over this indecision were great experts such as Errol Wallace and Jerry Finn. They were efficiency consultants. See more »

Connections

References Cleopatra (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Baby
Written by Bruce Channel (as B Channel) and Margaret Cobb (as M Cobb)
Performed by The La De Das
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A real Australian gem, showing us what we are losing
18 July 2006 | by mj-145See all my reviews

I have just used this film to show the effects of a taylorist management style to my year 12 Business management students. Spotswood captures the problems involved in treating workers as just another resource to be exploited, very succinctly. I just loved the employees of this factory. They were all quite typical of Australians of this period, with names I haven't heard for years, like Wendy, Shirley and Cheryl! Their refusal to see the value in the efficiency improvements foisted upon them simply because they were so human, and needed to socialise neatly demonstrated just what is wrong with scientific management practice. I think this movie should be compulsory viewing for all Australians in view of the new industrial relations laws recently passed by the Howard government. Spotswood shows us just the type of community that we are losing as individualism becomes the dominant philosophy in society. In short spotswood neatly illustrated to my students concepts and theories that had been presented in class.


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