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Brilliant Lies (1996)

Susy Conner accuses former employer, Gary Fitzgerald, of harassment and unfair dismissal for failing to comply with his sexual demands. Relating the incident to conciliation lawyer, Marion ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gia Carides ... Susy Connor
Anthony LaPaglia ... Gary Fitzgerald
Zoe Carides ... Katy Connor
Ray Barrett ... Brian Connor
Michael Veitch Michael Veitch ... Paul Connor
Catherine Wilkin Catherine Wilkin ... Marion Lee
Neil Melville ... Vince
Jennifer Jarman-Walker Jennifer Jarman-Walker ... Ruth Miller
Grant Tilly Grant Tilly ... Steve Lovett
Beverley Dunn Beverley Dunn ... President
Brad Lindsay Brad Lindsay ... Registrar
Barry Friedlander Barry Friedlander ... Mr. Burton
Iain Murton Iain Murton ... Mr. Hall
Tim Elston Tim Elston ... Young Brian
Natalie Gauci Natalie Gauci ... Young Katy (as Natalie Gauchi)


Susy Conner accuses former employer, Gary Fitzgerald, of harassment and unfair dismissal for failing to comply with his sexual demands. Relating the incident to conciliation lawyer, Marion Lee, Susy comments that the trauma experienced should entitle her to a compensation payment of $40,000.00. Written by Anonymous

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The battle of the sexes is now all out war. To survive, you must tell Brilliant Lies



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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bugie geniali See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (Cinevex)
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Did You Know?


The end credits song, performed by Australian singer Kate Ceberano, with music by Nerida Tyson-Chew and lyrics by Richard Franklin, was nominated for Best Original Song for a Feature Film, Mini-Series, Telemovie or TV Series, at the 1997 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Awards. See more »


Brian Conner: You know what the most disappointing thing in my life is? That you became a bloody Christian! Ahh, Son, there is no God!
Paul Conner: How can you say that?
Brian Conner: Because if there was he'd be bright enough not to recruit the two of you! How can anyone believe that this appalling fruzey, humiliating state of interpersonal warfare we call life is designed by some all loving God! Shit!
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29 February 2004 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

As you might expect from a movie based on a stage play, this one is relentlessly talky, and the heavy Australian accents create an extra problem, at least if you're not from Down Under. But it's very well-acted (hard to believe LaPaglia and Carides are a real-life couple when you see how convincingly they hate each other here!) and, in its best moments, utterly engrossing; depending mostly on your sex, you may find yourself rooting for either of the two main characters while still having your doubts about him/her. The ending, however, is not very satisfying. (**1/2)

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