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Idiot Box (1996)

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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David Caesar

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David Caesar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Kev
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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Storyline

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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australia | independent film | See All (2) »

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

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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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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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Australian acting legend David Wenham had a larger role but he was unknown at the time, film makers still kick em selves for not using a fair dinkum talent to his potential.(according to dvd commentary). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mick: I've got a poem for ya. "You are an idiot, You are a bitch, You shit me to tears, ...I'm goin' down the pub."
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Connections

Features Running from the Guns (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

All I Want Is You
Written by Elaine & Kathryn Pitt
Performed by Kathryn Pitt
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Idiot Box Boxes Clever
10 October 2002 | by rhthesinner-1See all my reviews

I recently described Idiot Box to somebody as an Australian "Twin Town". They asked "what's Twin Town?". I replied "a Welsh Trainspotting".

What could have been a run of the mill movie about two likeable hoons on the wrong side of the law ( but you root for them anyway ), was saved by some great flashes of direction and an exceptional performance by Ben Mendelsohn as Kev. it is a tribute to his characterization, that no matter how many times I see this film, I find the ending as shocking and as moving as the first time I saw it.

Kev's motto is great "maximum fear, minimum time", but not one I profess to live by.

Good music too.


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