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Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins.


Rolf de Heer


Rolf de Heer

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hope ... Bubby
Claire Benito Claire Benito ... Mam
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Pop
Syd Brisbane Syd Brisbane ... Yobbo
Nikki Price Nikki Price ... Screaming Woman
Ullie Birve Ullie Birve ... Robbed Woman (as Ulli Birve)
Audine Leith Audine Leith ... Fondled Salvo
Natalie Carr ... Cherie the Salvo
Lucia Mastrantone Lucia Mastrantone ... Pizza Waitress
Carmel Johnson Carmel Johnson ... Angel
Jip De Heer Jip De Heer ... Treelopper
James Ammitzboll James Ammitzboll ... Little
Grant Piro Grant Piro ... Salesman
Celine O'Leary Celine O'Leary ... Woman in Mercedes
Dave Flannagan Dave Flannagan ... Cop / Warder (as Dave Flanagan)


Bad Boy Bubby is just that: a bad boy. So bad, in fact, that his mother has kept him locked in their house for his entire thirty years, convincing him that the air outside is poisonous. After a visit from his estranged father, circumstances force Bubby into the waiting world, a place which is just as unusual to him as he is to the world. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Australia | Italy



Release Date:

26 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bubby, el chico malo See more »


Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Rolf de Heer picked Nicholas Hope to play Bubby after remembering a short film he saw three years prior called "Confessor Caressor" which is now featured on the Blue Underground DVD. See more »


Bubby: Me be pop now.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits play over a scene showing Bubby playing in a garden with his children. See more »


Bad Boy Bubby Blues
Devised by Peter Monaghan
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Love of life
15 December 2006 | by batcheebaSee all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time years ago, and it never left my mind. I have since seen it many times and for each time i see something new, or something i missed. It's an ongoing story, that changes side by side the changes i go through, while going through life. The film is dark, it's very in your face. Strong images and a deep sadness is present for the most parts of the plot. But it has another more interesting side, and that is the naive and curious mindset of Bubby. how he deals with life, and how i learns and how he imitates life, is a lesson learned for everyone. To me it's all about being able to adjust, to create, even when all you have is shattered. There is a way in every situation. It may not be the common way, it may not be normal, but what ever path you find, is right for you. The people in the film are real, there is no glamour. Yoy believe their story, even if you only get little sneak peaks of how things used to be. I would call it a feel good movie. Some people might say that is a very strange thing to say about Bad boy Bubby. But Bad boy Bubby is a very strange film as well. A 10 it is.

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