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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.

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Willa O'Neill ...
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Ashleigh Seagar ...
Nicola
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Alex (as Taika Cohen)
Charlie Bleakley ...
Graham
Jon Brazier ...
Kevin
Mark Neilson ...
Gordy
Mark Dudfield ...
The Yams
Pat Soper
Dave Dudfield
David Kilgour ...
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Lanfranco Perini
Robert Yeats
Thomas Bell
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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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Willa O'Neill had a serious allergic reaction to the face paint used for the scene when they are going to the Auckland/Otago rugby match. She had to leave it on despite the burning, as there were no other options and the paint had to be re-applied the next few days leaving O'Neill with red bumps all over her face. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Done on a relatively small budget and full of imagery and lanuage of Dunedin students living in virtual poverty; it is a witty and black comedy.
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Scarfies was a great movie from a very small film making country. Done on a relatively small budget and full of imagery and lanuage of Dunedin students living in virtual poverty; it is a witty and black comedy.

The plot centres around five students who take over an abandoned house and make it their own. They discover in the basement a huge drug planation left by the previous owner, which they decide to sell for moderate profit. Their life style improves, and relationships develop.

All goes well until the return of the drug crop's owner.

A fantastic soundtrack of New Zealand music, well worth checking out.


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