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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.

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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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"Beethoven had his critics too" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Chopper - A kegyetlen See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,044, 13 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$234,259, 22 July 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Cinevex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Brandon Read suggested that Eric Bana play Chopper, after seeing him in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal (1993). See more »

Goofs

Despite having his right ear cut off in prison, Chopper's right ear remains visibly intact throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Chopper: Aw, look. The bloke's been my best mate since 1975. We've had our fall-outs from time to time. It's no big deal. It's like... if your mum stabbed you.
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Forever Now
Performed by Cold Chisel
Written by Steve Prestwich
(© 1982 Big Bang Music Publishing Pty Ltd)
All rights administered by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd)
Courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Best portrayal of a psychopath since Taxi Driver
10 July 2006 | by psib0rgSee all my reviews

Not for the faint of heart this movie gives a grim insight into the mind and life of a career psychopath. Many of you will know or know of people like 'Chopper' and most of you probably cross the road when you see them coming. Based 'on fact' some portions are a bit too over the top to be fully believed but the movie makes apology for this from the outset. Eric Bana's performance is simply awe inspiring and the supporting characters and performances throughout are believable, convincing and multi-layered. Despite 'Chopper's obvious mental problems, his manipulative charm, animal cunning and the intelligence behind the insanity all shine through Bana's eyes. Direction is tight and non-intrusive, almost documentary style and i must say it works really well. Its one of those films you very quickly forget your watching a movie. While i do enjoy flashy and creative camera usage some films don't need it, this is one of them. The story is funny, sad and shocking in almost equal measure and this is one 'little' movie i'm very glad i stumbled across, thoroughly recommended viewing, i give it a 9/10. Congratulations to all on worked on this, you made a rough diamond.


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