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The Interview (1998)

A duel between a suspected murderer and a detective pressed by people who want results. But whose skin is really wanted.

Director:

Craig Monahan
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9 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hugo Weaving ... Eddie Rodney Fleming
Tony Martin ... Det. Sgt. John Steele
Aaron Jeffery ... Det. Sr. Const. Wayne Prior
Paul Sonkkila Paul Sonkkila ... Det. Insp. Jackson
Michael Caton ... Barry Walls
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ... Det. Hudson
Glynis Angel Glynis Angel ... Det. Robran
Leverne McDonnell Leverne McDonnell ... Solicitor
Libby Stone Libby Stone ... Mrs. Beecroft
Andrew Bayly Andrew Bayly ... Const. Prowse
Doug Dew Doug Dew ... Beecroft
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue Broberg ... Maria Garabaldi
Pat Cavanaugh Pat Cavanaugh ... Detective
Polly Crooke Polly Crooke ... Fingers
Robert Davis Robert Davis ... Detective
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Storyline

A modest man is suddenly seized from his apartment and interrogated by the police for what initially is presented as involving a stolen car, but its slowly revealed to involve a serial killing. Meanwhile Internal Affairs is investigating the manner in which the investigating officers work. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

Two minds... one truth See more »

Genres:

Thriller | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Interview See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 2,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pointblank Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hugo Weaving is actually four years younger than his character claims to be. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
John Steele: I'm interrupting this interview for the purpose of making further inquiries.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the New Yorker Video DVD, right before the main menu appears, a quote of Eddie Fleming fills the screen: "Just goes to show you how the mind works." At the very end, after the credits roll, a quote of Det. Steele fills the screen: "I don't know Mr. Fleming, how does the mind work?" But if you run the end credits a second time a different quote appears at the end, this time from Det. Prior: "It's about a fucking stolen fucking car you fucking fuckwit." See more »

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Not for the faint hearted
18 April 2000 | by kdp-2See all my reviews

A claustrophobic, tense Australian psychological thriller that will have you guessing even after the closure. Basically has two characters; the suspect and the cop interviewing him. This is one of those films you just wish would hurry up and finish because it is agonising but riveting to watch. No special effects, stunning sets or killer soundtrack here; an acting tour de force by both the leads.

What makes this film outstanding is the script which slides and spirals down a path of almost unbelievable emotional snares and plot twists. The nightmarish flashback scenes allow no relaxation for the viewer, only a mesmerised state of fear.

The film is set for the most part in a room that looks like a cross between the 'Bladerunner' interview room and KGB murky, dust filled rooms of our collective cold war memories. Very atmospheric and full of menace.

The acting is intense and convincing throughout with Tony Martin (Wildside) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) really earning their acting dollars in this one. Yes, this does sound like a promo rather than a review but, honestly, I can't fault this film for what it is. Everything is utterly meshed and designed to create maximum emotional impact.

Brilliant !


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