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.
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
Referring to the police as 'Amanda Duncan' is unusual. The term may have arisen from an amalgamation of names from an Australian television series, Cop Shop (1977). Paula Duncan played a character called Danni Francis, while Lynda Stoner played a character called Amanda King. See more »
Despite having his right ear cut off in prison, Chopper's right ear remains visibly intact throughout the movie. See more »
I used to be Chopper Read. Now I can't even get arrested in this bloody town.
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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)
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CHOPPER (3+ outta 5 stars) Nifty little character study of a notorious Australian criminal... well, notorious in his own mind, at least. The jury is still out on how much of the autobiographical details of the life of "Chopper" read are real and how much is fake... but it does make a compelling story either way. Eric Bana gives a great performance in the lead... nothing else I've ever seen him in prepared me for how good he really is. The character he plays is nasty, repellent, scary, ill-tempered... and still full of charisma. After a violent stint in prison (his motto appears to be "do unto others before they do it unto you") Chopper is sent back out into society. With no other skills besides his knowledge of crime, Chopper offers himself to the local police as a special undercover agent. They, of course, want nothing to do with his boneheaded scheme but he pretends that they do anyway. Inflicting pain (on himself *and* others) seems to be what he is best at and he gets plenty of opportunities to show his stuff. Amusing though it may be at times, the movie is not a glorification of violence... the ferocity and suddenness of it keeps the audience constantly on edge.
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