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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:
... Dale Twentyman
... Carol Twentyman
... Frank Malone
... Shane Twentyman
... Mal Twentyman
... Jane Moore
... Pamela
... Det. Mike Kelly
Paul Sonkkila ... Det. Jack O'Riordan
... Paul
... Tarzan
Stephen Whittaker ... Rawson
Torquil Neilson ... Mick
... Doug
... Bill
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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 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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Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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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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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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Dale Twentyman: We've got time for a swim after this.
Shane Twentyman: We haven't got any trunks.
Dale Twentyman: We'll go in our undies.
Shane Twentyman: I'm not wearing any.
Dale Twentyman: [Looks at Shane] I'll buy you some.
Shane Twentyman: Undies?
Dale Twentyman: Trunks.
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If you loved Chopper...
15 May 2002 | by See 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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