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Scarfies (1999)

Five kiwi flatmates find something growing in their basement much to their delight, but when the rightful owner comes knocking and finds that they have appropriated the goods things start to go awry.

Director:

Robert Sarkies

Writers:

Duncan Sarkies (screenplay by), Robert Sarkies (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willa O'Neill ... Emma
Neill Rea ... Scott
Ashleigh Seagar Ashleigh Seagar ... Nicola
Taika Waititi ... Alex (as Taika Cohen)
Charlie Bleakley Charlie Bleakley ... Graham
Jon Brazier Jon Brazier ... Kevin
Mark Neilson Mark Neilson ... Gordy
Mark Dudfield Mark Dudfield ... The Yams
Pat Soper Pat Soper
Dave Dudfield Dave Dudfield
Andrew Munro
David Kilgour David Kilgour ... The Clean
Lanfranco Perini Lanfranco Perini
Robert Yeats Robert Yeats
Thomas Bell Thomas Bell
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Storyline

Five Otago University students ('Scarfies') decide to squat in an empty house. They discover a locked room that holds a hidden treasure - a large quantity of marijuana. What happens when the cash-strapped students decide to become amateur druglords for the week? And what exactly should they do about the owner of the crop? Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, violence, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1999 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime 101 See more »

Filming Locations:

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

A "Scarfie" is a Kiwi slang term for a university student, especially those who attend Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand. See more »

Goofs

The letter to Alex from his mother in Ettrick has the return address as "RD 1, Ettrick". Ettrick is not a valid postal town, and it isn't Rural Delivery 1 - the correct postal address for Ettrick and its rural surrounds is "RD 2, Roxburgh". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scott: You come about the flat?
Emma: [yes]
Scott: I warn ya, this place is free for a reason. It's a shit hole. Still want to have a look?
Emma: Yes.
Scott: Okay. Guided tour... Hallway, dark, damp, rat-infested.
Emma: Nice.
[heads up the stairs]
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References Blue Heelers (1994) See more »

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The Kiwi's Are Coming!
12 August 1999 | by Dom-37See all my reviews

This film is another fine example of what New Zealand filmmakers can do when they hold the audiences' enjoyment above their own artistic w**k-ness.

The Sarkies Brothers have created an extremely (un)pleasant film that isn't really about University life at all, but about those staple cinematic conventions -paranoia, murder and er, flatting.

I strongly urge any one not from New Zealand to check out this little gem. God knows when it'll get released anywhere else though. I hope it gets onto screens in the U.S.

One quibble however, three times in the film, characters describe each other as 'jerks'. Honestly, who in New Zealand uses that word with a straight face? It's such a sitcom-ism. 'Dick' would have been much more suitable in my eyes.


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