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Dirty Deeds (2002)

1973 Sydney: An Australian gangster sees booming business, due to U.S. soldiers being in town for relaxing between their tours to the Vietnam war, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.

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David Caesar

Writer:

David Caesar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Barry Ryan
Toni Collette ... Sharon Ryan
John Goodman ... Tony Testano
Sam Neill ... Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy
Sam Worthington ... Darcy
Kestie Morassi ... Margaret
William McInnes ... Hollywood
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Norm
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Freddie
Felix Williamson ... Sal Cassela
Derek Amer Derek Amer ... Manager
Laeni Baille Laeni Baille ... Coin Lady
Rudi Baker Rudi Baker ... Bell Boy
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Senator
Michael Brownjohn Michael Brownjohn ... Bouncer #1
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Storyline

Set in 1960s Sydney, this is the story of an Australian gangster whose booming business, buoyed by the influx of U.S. soldiers in town for R&R during their tours in Vietnam, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors. Written by Greg Dean Schmitz

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Taglines:

Get ready to get dirty.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Deeds - Dreckige Geschäfte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,772,366
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The aircraft that they fly to the outback in is a Piper Chieftain, and actually manufactured and bought into service after the movie was set. That same aircraft is now used within an air ambulance service for flying patients between hospitals within Australia. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Tony is showing Barry the "Liberty" video slot machine, such technology as relatively high resolution color video, synthesized audio and computer power to animate the images was not available in video slot machines until the 1980's and not mainstream in video slot machines until the 1990's. See more »

Quotes

Norm: What can you do?
Darcy: I know how to shoot people and blow shit up.
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Crazy Credits

After the main cast credits scroll up the screen, there is an additional scene that reveals some more of the plot. See more »

Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Composed by Angus Young (as Young) / Malcolm Young (as Young) / Bon Scott (as Scott)
Published by J Albert & Son Pty Ltd
Performed by You Am I with Tex Perkins (as Tex Perkins)
2002 BMG Australia Limited
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if you skip this because it's not a blockbuster, you're missing a good film
19 June 2003 | by steven.goughSee all my reviews

Ah, yeah!

This is a nicely paced caper and its only real crime is the weak ending.

It's been criminally undersold here, and sad to report I was alone in the dark corner of the multiplex I saw it in. As all the comments here are Australian and a year old, the film has obviously been leaked late to the rest of the world in advance of its video or dvd release. This is lacklustre treatment of a little gem.

First and most important, you don't need to be Australian to understand the dialog. I wouldn't fault any of the performances, which pretty much match the characters' function in the film. Bryan Brown and Sam Neill stand out, inevitably, but John Goodman and Toni Colette are sound in support.

I smiled from the moment this started to the closing credits, laughed out loud more than once, and salute the repeated use of "bouf-head" as a term of endearment.


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