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The Hard Word (2002)

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Three fraternal bank robbers languishing in jail, discover a profitable (if not dodgy) way to spend their time. Crime can most certainly pay, if you "know wot I mean?" However when sex and ... See full summary »

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Scott Roberts
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Dale
Rachel Griffiths ... Carol
Robert Taylor ... Frank
Joel Edgerton ... Shane
Damien Richardson ... Mal
Rhondda Findleton ... Jane
Kate Atkinson ... Pamela
Vince Colosimo ... Kelly
Paul Sonkkila Paul Sonkkila ... O'Riordan
Kim Gyngell ... Paul
Dorian Nkono ... Tarzan
Stephen Whittaker Stephen Whittaker ... Rawson
Torquil Neilson Torquil Neilson ... Mick
Don Bridges ... Doug
Doug Bowles ... Bill
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Storyline

Three fraternal bank robbers languishing in jail, discover a profitable (if not dodgy) way to spend their time. Crime can most certainly pay, if you "know wot I mean?" However when sex and greed rear-up between the good crims and the bad cops, the consequences are both bizarre and fatal. Written by Noel C. Bailey <uds3@hotmail.com>

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All It Takes Is A Little Persuasion See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood and Guts See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 829,662 (Australia), 2 June 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,422, 15 June 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$422,688, 3 August 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Cinevex)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The films title 'The Hard Word' is a reference to the type of Aussie slang (Cant or Cryptolect language) the films main protagonists use when they would communicate with one another in prison or "on the job". This language is known as Retchab Klat (Rech-tub kay-lat) 'Butcher Talk'. Words spelt backwards with digraphs and plurals kept intact. It was developed as a form of communicating between butchers to either ogle or make fun of certain customers and not draw attention. It is an old time butchers language that is still used in some small country Australian towns to this day. See more »

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Quotes

Carol Twentyman: Listen to me, Dale. What are you doing? Will you just look at me, please?
Dale Twentyman: It's too late, Carol. There's nothing left.
Carol Twentyman: How can you say that? Dale, I love you. We fit together.
Dale Twentyman: Right, well, I'll try to remember that when I'm thinking about your mouth wrapped around Frank's cock.
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without whom ... Andrena Finlay See more »

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Referenced in The Daily Show: Guy Pearce (2003) See more »

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If you loved Chopper...
15 May 2002 | by saltaylorSee all my reviews

Stellar performances from Guy Pierce (thankfully redeeming himself here after Time Machine) and Joel Edgerton - (best known for playing lovable Will on the TV show Secret Life of Us).

It's a smart, funny movie that keeps the action moving along at a satisfyingly snappy pace. However, the ending is somewhat disjointed and throughout the film you get the feeling that Scott Roberts had lots of good scenes in his head (and they ARE good) that he wanted to put on screen, but that they don't necessarily all work together.

Nonetheless it's a highly enjoyable movie in the Chopperesque genre of darkly funny gritty dramas that Australia is beginning to earn a well-deserved reputation for.


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