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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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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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Frank Malone: Where's the money?
Dale Twentyman: Oooh, I stuck it up a cow's arse.
Frank Malone: Well I hope you washed your hands after.
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Entertainingly different, Guy Pearce shines
17 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

One of those films I found myself liking a lot, but it's difficult to say exactly why. The Hard Word has a little bit of everything going at once - heist film, love story, comedy, and drama. It could be (and was) marketed as a thriller about lowlife criminals, double crosses and crime not paying - in other words an obvious Australian-style Tarantino rip-off like the boring and derivative "Two Hands". However it seems to take its cues more from the kind of slower paced, character-based crime movies that were popular from the 70's.

Often movies like this one choose style over substance, and skitter along on simplistic scripts and dumb dialogue. Not the case here at all-The Hard Word has enough going in both departments to keep you more than interested and entertained, a credit to writer/director Scott Roberts. The music in this film is also worth mentioning - it's very good and matches the style of the film perfectly.

What makes the movie special is an amazing, low-key performance from Guy Pearce, whose talent becomes more evident every time he graces the screen. Playing one of three incorrigible but non-violent bank robbing brothers, he manages to make his character watchable, interesting and original. Co-star Rachel Griffiths plays his sneaky, trashy, two-timing wife; her performance is not quite up to Pearce's, but doesn't do anything to weigh the film down, and most of the other actors are top-notch.

I don't think this film did much business in the US (yet another indie that probably played on about three screens and no one heard about), but I predict it will find an audience on video and could even become a bona fide cult classic.


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