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Chopper (2000)

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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Director:

Andrew Dominik

Writers:

Mark Brandon Read (books), Andrew Dominik
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Colosimo ... Neville Bartos
Eric Bana ... Chopper
Renée Brack Renée Brack ... Television Interviewer (as Renee Brack)
Gregory Pitt Gregory Pitt ... Prison Officer #1
Richard Sutherland ... Prison Officer #2
David Field ... Keithy George
Simon Lyndon Simon Lyndon ... Jimmy Loughnan
Dan Wyllie ... Bluey
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Kevin Darcy
Andrew Dunn Andrew Dunn ... Prison Officer #3
Caleb Cluff Caleb Cluff ... Detective Creswell
Hilton Henderson Hilton Henderson ... Detective Wyatt
Fred Barker Fred Barker ... Gov. Beasley
Alan Close Alan Close ... Medical Officer
Carl Price Carl Price ... Brunswick Court Judge
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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. Written by Anonymous

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A film by Andrew Dominik See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Aaron Jeffrey originally auditioned to play Chopper, but lost out to Eric Bana. Jeffrey would go on to play Chopper in the miniseries Underbelly Files: Chopper (2018). See more »

Goofs

At Tanya's house you see the car lights are on as Chopper goes to her front door. When he comes back and beats the car in frustration - they are off. See more »

Quotes

Detective Downie: [about Neville] So you took him to the hospital?
Chopper: No, I didn't take him to the bloody hospital. Now tell me this, right? Why would I shoot a bloke - BANG - and then put him in the bloody car and whiz him off to the hospital at a hundred miles an hour? It defeats the purpose of having shot him in the first place. What's more, it's bloody insulting, it's bloody insulting. I mean, am I the only bloody standover man in the country who provides a medical plan for some of these characters?
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Connections

Referenced in A Weekend with Chopper (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Black & Blue
Written by Matt Taylor (as Taylor), Phil Manning (as Manning), Barry Sullivan (as Sullivan) and Barry Harvey (as Harvey)
Performed by Chain
(Festival Music Pty Ltd, Australia)
(P) 1971 Festival Records Australia Pty Ltd
Licensed from Festival Mushroom Group
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Bravura Film Making - With Aussies!!!!!
11 November 2002 | by henfishSee all my reviews

Mark Brandon Read (Bana) gains a fierce reputation as a hard man [and the sobriquet: Chopper] as a consequence of 'hitting people just to get himself a name'. A very accurate observation even if 'Chopper' himself maintains his only victims are 'low-life drug dealers' and their ilk.

Excellent example of film as story telling. I saw this 'indie' film on the same weekend as A Beautiful Mind and, my God, the lessons that shambles could have taken from this. Chopper is economically and crisply written with the sweetest doses of irony; marvellously directed with a plethora of techniques that only ever serve the film and it's grossly engrossing story and acted by an ensemble high on talent and clearly working for one another. Bana is a stand-out as the bright, troubled and dangerous hard man making a pathetic journey to emotional as well as physical incarceration; walking a dramatic tight-rope of comedian/homicidal-maniac as he does so with admirable skill and thoroughly believable integrity. Worth viewing by anyone who thinks they like all the ingredients of film and art to come together in the same project. Not worth viewing by anybody who thought the same things came together in A Beautiful Mind!


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,044, 15 April 2001

Gross USA:

$236,185

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$236,185
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Cinevex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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