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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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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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In a word, they're gone. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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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Runtime:

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

Shane Twentyman: Dale is the smart one, Mal is the good one, and I'm the fuck up.
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Referenced in The Daily Show: Guy Pearce (2003) See more »

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excellent
6 December 2002 | by irinaverSee all my reviews

I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants a light, attention catching and thrilling entertainment on Friday night. Great acting, surprising twists in a witty plot, pleasant, realistic characters.


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