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A dark-sheep type of man returns to his hometown after a prolonged absence. While he's been gone ludicrous rumours have spread about his whereabouts. Is he a big footy player or is he a ... See full summary »

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David Caesar

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David Caesar
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Eddie 'Mullet' Maloney
Susie Porter ... Tully
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Peter Maloney
Belinda McClory ... Kay
Tony Barry ... Col Maloney
Kris McQuade ... Gwen Maloney
Peta Brady Peta Brady ... Robbie Maloney
Wayne Blair ... James
Paul Kelman Paul Kelman ... Gary
Steve Le Marquand ... Jones
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey ... Terry
Jim Webb Jim Webb ... Big Bloke
Nash Edgerton ... Winger
Bryan Brown ... Publican (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Caz Adams Caz Adams ... Radio / TV Advertisements (voice)
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A dark-sheep type of man returns to his hometown after a prolonged absence. While he's been gone ludicrous rumours have spread about his whereabouts. Is he a big footy player or is he a film star. Turns out he's still the same lovable but not likable sort of fellow he was when he left. He wants his old girlfriend back even though she is married to his brother now and is pregnant. For money he nets in mullets (hence his nickname, Mullet) but no'one wants to buy them. People begin to get sick of him being back again and become hostile, telling him to leave again. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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English

Release Date:

28 June 2001 (Australia) See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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David Caesar wrote the role of Mullet with Ben Mendelsohn in mind, but thought he was too young for the role. By the time he found funding, Mendelsohn was the ideal age for the role of Mullet. Mendelsohn had participated in most of the staged readings of the script, but always played another role. See more »

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And not even a mullet haircut in sight!
26 July 2001 | by alfie-11See all my reviews

I went to this film with high expectations. While I'm not a fan of David Ceaser's work, I had heard positive reviews from both critics and friends whose opinions I usually agree with. Sadly, either they or I must have seen a different film.

I found the film slow, unrealistic and with continuity holes so large you could drive a truck through them. The characters' personalities were either rammed down your throat or not explained at all.

While I have not spent much time in rural Australia, the film did not strike me (nor any of my friends who have all lived in the country) as an accurate depiction of country town life. I also felt that the emphasis on the naivety of the people living in the area (such as Mullet's father being excited about having a flush toilet) was patronising. In addition, the town is only a couple of hours from Sydney - hardly the outback. I felt this was another example of Sydney-centric film making, showing anyone who lives outside of the inner city as a hick who is overwhelmed by the possibility of going to Sydney, let alone actually living there.

I could go on, but I can't be bothered. It disappoints me that this film has received such good reviews. I was hoping that these reviews were based on the film actually being a good production, rather than being from the 'Oh but it's Australian so we should give it a good review' camp. Sadly this does not seem to be the case.


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