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The Roly Poly Man (1994)

Dirk Trent is small time PI that stumbles onto a peculiar murder when investigating a cheating husband.


Bill Young


Kym Goldsworthy (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Chubb ... Dirk Trent
Les Foxcroft Les Foxcroft ... Mickey
Susan Lyons Susan Lyons ... Sandra Burnett
Zoe Bertram ... Laurel Trent
Frank Whitten ... Dr. Henderson
Peter Braunstein Peter Braunstein ... Det. Tom McKenzie
John Batchelor ... Axel
Rowan Woods Rowan Woods ... Prof. Wauchop
Jane Harders Jane Harders ... Jane Lewis
Valerie Bader ... Motel Manager
Sarah Lambert Sarah Lambert ... Vicki Lane
Deborah Kennedy ... Chantal
Jim Pike Jim Pike ... Tony
Exploding White Mice Exploding White Mice ... Thrash Rock Band
Roy Billing ... Sidebottom


Dirk Trent is small time PI that stumbles onto a peculiar murder when investigating a cheating husband.

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He had a who, a how and a why... but he didn't have a clue. See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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The name "The Roly Poly Man" comes from the classic 1968 song "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan. In the song, the Roly Poly Man is a close associate of the Hurdy Gurdy Man. See more »


Dirk: I had a 'who' and a 'how' but I didn't have a 'why'. Maybe I didn't even have a 'who'. I couldn't say for certain how that who did what he did how he did, and why he did what he did how he did - shit - I didn't have a 'what' either! But I had a 'where'! Where he did what he did how he did. But I still couldn't prove HOW he could do what he did, or even if he COULD do what he diddy-diddy-dum-diddy-do- It'd been a long day.
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13 April 2011 | by flekkySee all my reviews

I simply love this film! It has it all! The late great Paul Chubb chews the scenery with a screen presence that few Australian actors have been able to achieve. To hell with Mel and Colin, this guy has all the weapons. Hiss feel for comedy is top drawer and the dark nature of this brilliant piece of Oz screen genius fits him to a tee. The cast throughout is solid - Susan Lyons is wonderful as the deceptive yet flawed Sandra and that ageless actor Les Foxcroft as the savant- like Mickey makes for great viewing. The direction on this film is handled with confidence from first time director Young. He knows what he is after and effortlessly sets out to achieve it. The script is a corker, full of great gags and hidden subtleties. The Italians I hear LOVED this film (it cleaned up at FantaFestival in the '90's) and that alone makes me want to travel to Italy to enjoy their sense of humour and savour their taste. The fact that the film didn't do so well in Australia is further confirmation that the Australian film audiences wouldn't know their backsides from their elbows (there! that got around the censorship regulations). Hire this film, find it anywhere - and you won't be disappointed. Excellent! 10/10

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Release Date:

December 1994 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Roly-Poly Man See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »


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AUD1,000,000 (estimated)

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