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Two Hands (1999)

A 19 year old finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heath Ledger ... Jimmy
Bryan Brown ... Pando
David Field ... Acko
Tom Long Tom Long ... Wally
Tony Forrow Tony Forrow ... Eddie
Steven Vidler ... The Man (as Steve Vidler)
Dale Kalnins Dale Kalnins ... Kiwi Bob
Kiri Paramore Kiri Paramore ... Les / Origami Presenter
Bill Drury Bill Drury ... Jesus Freak (as William Drury)
David Moeaki David Moeaki ... Louise
Mathew Wilkinson Mathew Wilkinson ... Rocket
Rose Byrne ... Alex
Mary Acres Mary Acres ... Mrs. Jones
Evan Sheaves Evan Sheaves ... Pete
Jarrah Darling Jarrah Darling ... Aaron
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Storyline

A 19 year old (Heath Ledger) finds himself in debt to a local gangster (Bryan Brown) when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money. Rose Byrne co-stars as a country girl with whom Ledger starts a romance on his trip. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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It seemed simple. Just deliver the cash. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1999 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Duas Mãos See more »

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Acko and co (the "bad guys") drive a series of cars made by Ford, while Wozza, Craig and Deidre (the "good guys") drive cars made by Holden. In reality, Ford and Holden are traditional rivals in the car industry and motor racing scene in Australia. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy is catching the train home, Jimmy is riding in a Type K train used by City Rail (at the time) for Sydney suburban rail services, but when we cut outside to The Man watching Jimmy go, it shows a Type V train, used for NSW inter-urban services. See more »

Quotes

Alex: Laughing
Jimmy: What? What are you smiling about?
Alex: Did you think you could pay with bananas or something?
Jimmy: Well I don't know do I? I've never been on a plane before.
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Written by Warwick Scott (as Scott), Aya Larkin (as Larkin), Michael Sutherland (as Sutherland),
Dean Sutherland (as Sutherland) and Paul Searles (as Searles)
Performed by Skunkhour
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A funny and engrossing caper.
18 January 2008 | by JOHNAMISee all my reviews

"Two Hands" is an entertaining, funny story about Australian lowlifes. The screenplay contrasts the world of fast money and deadly acts with the inexplicability of fate and circumstance. In a subtle way we are asked to ponder the concept that major events in our lives are sometimes generated without our being fully aware of the root causes. The forces of fate and circumstance take Jimmy, the main character, into situations that bring about the realization of his shallow dreams and, ultimately, an understanding of a more personally promising world.

The clueless Jimmy, portrayed with acumen by Heath Ledger, is a kid who grew up without opportunity. The high paying world of crime offers the greatest appeal to his blunted senses. The love and help of friends guides him to a higher plateau.

The film is well-directed and well-acted. The band of criminals teeter between likable and despicable, keeping us interested in their crazy antics all through the film.


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