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Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Kev
Jeremy Sims Jeremy Sims ... Mick
John Polson ... Jonah
Graeme Blundell ... Detective Eric
Deborah Kennedy ... Detective Leanne
Robyn Loau Robyn Loau ... Lani
Amanda Muggleton ... Mum
Rita Loffo Rita Loffo ... Bank Teller
Stephen Caesar Stephen Caesar ... Scary TV Crim
Chris Noonan ... Scary TV Crim
Mark Perry Mark Perry ... Scary TV Crim
Emma Tom Emma Tom ... TV Gangster Moll
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Greg / Laughing Boy
Lenny Rowe Lenny Rowe ... Scary TV Crim
Paul Gleeson ... Terry
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Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, angry and unemployed, gets the guns. Two undercover cops and a highly strung speed dealer are not far behind. Written by Dan Miles <danmiles@hotmail.com>

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The darkly comic tale of the young and useless See more »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Idiot Box: la caja tonta See more »

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Goofs

Reflected in a window of the bank building opposite when Kev and Mick are rehearsing their robbery on their bicycles. See more »

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Kev: We're not gonna shoot anyone, we're just gonna have some fun.
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Features Running from the Guns (1987) See more »

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Robbery
Written by David Bridie & John Phillips
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Performed by David Bridie & John Phillips
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insightful, frustrated and culturally relevant
15 September 2005 | by lefteyeblinkingSee all my reviews

What is needed for this film is a cultural reference point, that is some sort of experience/insight to suburban Australian life.

As anyone who has ever lived or spent time in the western suburbs of Sydney will no doubt know, the options for fun and excitement are, to say the least, somewhat limited. All that exists is a cycle of bad straight tovideo movies, longnecks in the park, and conversations with a selection of dodgy blokes in pubs...

Now with that background in place, we come to idiot box. The film, although a comedy, is no satire. It is more an accurate representation of the pointlessness and utter boredom of the Sydney suburbs an draws its humor from such.

A feeling of subdued frustration prevails in this film, in fact it is the general theme of it. The characters plan to rob a bank, however woefully conceived, is an extension on this, a philosophy that it does not matter whether they succeed, fail or even try, it matters only that they have done SOMETHING.

Idiot Box resonates with Sydneysiders, with Australians, it is an extremely relevant and poignant representation of a culture of boredom and frustration,a culture that lays its blame for this othersat the feet of others. It is not a film that translates well to other cultures.


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