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Hard Knuckle (1987)

R | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Sport | TV Movie
In the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia, the most popular sport is Hard Knuckle, a bloodier form of pool. Steve Bisley (Goose from Mad Max) is Harry, a pool hustler, who wants to beat Knuckle champ Top Dog, to get his bike back.


Lex Marinos


Gary Day




Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Bisley ... Harry
Gary Day Gary Day ... Topdog
David Jay David Jay ... Eddy
Esben Storm Esben Storm ... Vince
Paul Chubb ... Max
Graham Matters Graham Matters ... Kevin
Susan Leith Susan Leith ... Chris
Richard Moir ... Alister
John Sheerin John Sheerin ... Pedals
Bob Baines ... Corbett
David Slingsby David Slingsby ... Doctor
Andreas Marinos Andreas Marinos ... Peashooter
Saran Deling Saran Deling ... Peashooter's Mate
Brandon Burke ... Counterhand
Les Asmussen Les Asmussen ... Observer


The Hustler meets Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic Australian sports drama, about drifter Harry (played by Steve Bisley, best known for playing Goose in the first Mad Max film), who uses his more than decent pool skills to survive. The most popular non-lethal sport around is Hard Knuckle, a form of billiards (or pool), in which a domino tile is positioned upright on a pool table and if it falls during someone's move, that player loses a tip of his finger. However, the player is allowed to continue with the game after that, if he's able and willing to do so. Harry has lost his bike and the only way to get it back is to beat the standing hard knuckle champion called Top Dog. Since he's practically running the games, only those who prove themselves and pay can play with him, so Harry must play smaller games around the shanty town to earn enough cash to be able to pay to play with the big boys. He uses hustling tactics, but they don't always work. He also hires a kid to be his agent, ...

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12 March 2001 | by chocothefrogSee all my reviews

Yes, it could easily be classed as rubbish & yes even silly but do the actors have fun. I think so. No wonder, they got to listen to that wonderful slide guitar. It's just a mad & silly world inhabited by some interesting characters. If you can find it have a look, it's fun.

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