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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 ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The house is at 49 Brown St. in Dunedin. 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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Connections

References Blue Heelers (1994) See more »

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Good movie ruined by bad ending
27 June 2003 | by yojimbo999See all my reviews

SCARFIES is a good movie, with intense situations and even well thought out responses by the characters to said intense situations. Unfortunately the whole thing collapses with a 10-minute farcical ending that begs to be redone.

Also, I've read people comment that the kids were complex. Wow. Did we see the same movie? Let's see: The a$$hole guy/bad boy; the rich girl who falls for the bad boy; the sensitive guy; the weirdo kid who wants to get in the rich girl's pants; and the sensitive girl. Gee, how complex.

Nothing too great. Good, decent movie, but a really, really stupid ending that cheats. A better ending would have offered us something dark, something bloody. Instead we get an ending that "makes everything all right". I thought only Hollywood did crap like this. Apparently not.


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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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Budget:

NZD1,600,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color
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