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Lewis
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Roy
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Julie
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Lucy
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Nick
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Errol
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Cherry
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Ruth
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Henry
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Zac
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Doug
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Kirner
Kerry Walker ...
Sandra
Robin Ramsay ...
Minister for Health
Henry Maas ...
Bernard Goldman
Jack Walsh ...
Air Wrestler (as Raymond Walsh)
Lawrence Woodward ...
Electrician
Brian Ellison ...
Rigger
Tamara Kuldin ...
Seamstress
Dennis Allard ...
Carpenter
Toni Moran ...
Painter
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Knucklehead
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Ms Spock
Nick Penn ...
Ballroom Man
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Closed Ward Nurse
Damian Monk ...
Closed Ward Nurse
Rachael Maza ...
Nurse at Concert
Robert Noble ...
Mens Ward Nurse
Samantha McDeed ...
Pink Lady
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Cussing Patient
Samantha Rebillet ...
Student Actor
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Waitress
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Mental Patient (uncredited)
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Mental Patient (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mark Joffe

Written by

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Louis Nowra ... (play)
 
Louis Nowra ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Richard Brennan ... producer
Timothy White ... producer

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Stephen Endelman

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Ellery Ryan

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Nicholas Beauman

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Chris Kennedy

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Hugh Bateup

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Marita Mussett

Costume Design by

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Tess Schofield

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Noriko Watanabe ... head of makeup department (as Noriko Watanabe Neill)

Production Management

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Catherine Bishop ... production manager

Art Department

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John Allan ... art department assistant
Peta Black ... scenic artist
Andrew Staig ... construction foreman

Sound Department

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Philip Bodger ... re-recording mixer
Gethin Creagh ... re-recording mixer
Phil Heywood ... re-recording mixer
Wayne Pashley ... dialogue editor
Jane Paterson ... atmospheres editor
Julie Pearce ... foley mixer
Andrew Plain ... supervising sound editor
Libby Villa ... dialogue editor
Jenny T. Ward ... assistant sound editor
Noelleen Westcombe ... assistant dialogue editor
Karin Whittington ... dialogue editor

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Billy Aziz ... special effects technician
Dan Oliver ... special effects technician

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Simon Carr ... digital compositor: Animal Logic
Roger Cowland ... visual effects

Stunts

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Tony Lynch ... stunt rigger

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Sally Eccleston ... first assistant camera
Philip Le Masurier ... still photographer
Calum McFarlane ... additional focus puller
Danny Lockett ... additional grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Gabrielle Healy ... extras casting
Trish McAskill ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mel Dykes ... costume supervisor
Gwendolyn Stukely ... costume assistant

Music Department

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Toni Collette ... song performed by
Dominic Cortese ... musician: accordion
Gordon Gottlieb ... musician: percussion
Chris Gough ... music producer
Robin Gray ... music scoring engineer
Dan Lieberstein ... music editor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... music: from "Così fan tute"
James Nichols ... recording engineer: additional music
Stephen Robinson ... musician: cor anglais
Mark Seymour ... composer: song "Throw your arms around me"
Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra ... performers: music
Christine Woodruff ... source music supervisor
John Moses ... musician (uncredited)
Darcia Parada ... theme performer (uncredited)

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Kerry Fetzer ... caterer
Jacinta Hayne ... production coordinator: additional unit
Ian Madison ... fitness consultant: Toni Collette and Ben Mendohlson
Jo Weeks ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

Lewis is a young Sydney amateur theater director at his first experience: he is offered a job with a Governmental program for the rehabilitation of mentally ill patients in a Sydney institution for mentally ill. His project is overrun by one of the patients Roy who wants to put on stage Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart). None of the patients in the cast is able to sing and none of them knows Italian which is the language of the libretto. Through a lot of difficulties Lewis and his cast develop a deep understanding. The play smartly adapted for the unusual cast is finally produced: lots of unforeseen situations solved 'a la crazy way'but indeed brilliantly. Great success and sad farewell of the director from his cast. Written by Lorenzo Matteoli

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Taglines Sometimes you meet a person who changes your life forever - he's just walked into a room full of them! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Adorable bogeria (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Adorable locura (Spain)
  • Apokatastasi (Greece)
  • Cosí - Bolondos dallamok (Hungary)
  • Opera u czubków (Poland)
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  • 100 min
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Trivia The cast originally included actor Bruno Lawrence, but during shooting he was taken to the hospital suffering from chest pains and was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He died a few months later. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Rachel Griffiths in Conversation (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Cosi Fan Tutte See more »
Crazy Credits Near the end of the credits a cast member with an accordian shows up and performs Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" on it as an obvious slight to the Mozart he was told to play in the movie. A squealing piglet accompanies him. See more »
Quotes Cherry: [to Doug] Go burn a cat.
[she exits]
Lewis: Why are they always saying that?
Doug: That's what I did.
Lewis: Burned a cat?
Doug: No, CATS. See mum had five cats, and me and mum we'd been having some... differences. So one night I rounded 'em up, put 'em in a cage, doused 'em with petrol and put a match to 'em!
[Lewis chuckles, thinking it's a joke. Doug grins and laughs]
Doug: Heh-heh! Funny, eh?
[He sits next to Lewis]
Doug: Then, I opened up the cage door and I let 'em run loose. Welllll, what a racket. They were runnin' round the backyard, burnin' and howlin'.
[He gives a psychotic little laugh]
Doug: No such thing as grace under pressure for a burning cat, lemme tell ya. Then, me mum came outside to see what was happenin'? Darn near freaked out she did. See, I figured I'd wait a couple of hours till the cats were dead and mum was feeling a bit sorry for herself, and I'd go up to the front door and I'd knock on it and I'd say, "Hi, Mum! I'm here to talk about our unresolved conflicts."
Doug: But oh no, One of those FUCKING cats ran into the house; a couple of minutes the whole bloody house was on fire. Within half an hour there was no front door to knock on.
Doug: Yeah, if it wasn't for that damn cat, I wouldn't be in here.
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