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Crackerjack (2002)

When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle ... See full summary »


Paul Moloney
4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mick Molloy ... Jack Simpson
Bill Hunter ... Stan Coombs
Frank Wilson Frank Wilson ... Len Johnson
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ... Eileen
John Clarke ... Bernie Fowler
Lois Ramsey ... Gwen
Samuel Johnson ... Dave Jackson
Judith Lucy ... Nancy Brown
Cliff Ellen Cliff Ellen ... Norm
Bob Hornery ... Ron
Peter Aanensen Peter Aanensen ... Edgar
Esme Melville Esme Melville ... Mrs. Jenkins
John Flaus ... Cliff Carew
Lois Collinder Lois Collinder ... Joyce
Paul McCarthy Paul McCarthy ... Barry


When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle where young meets old, greed meets good and people rise to the occasion in extraordinary circumstances. Written by Anonymous

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It's on for young and old




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Did You Know?


The bowls club that is located by the beach is actually the Carrum Bowls Club in Victoria. This club has been redeveloped since the film was made, and now has a restaurant called Crackerjack Beachfront. See more »


When the Cityside club are travelling by bus to Bogarra, all the people on the bus in the long-shots are clearly stand-ins and the seating arrangement is completely different to the close ups inside the bus. The seating arrangement also varies between the long-shots. See more »


Stan Coombs: [introducing Nance] Her name's Nance. In case your interested?
Jack Simpson: Am not, I've got a girlfriend.
Mandy: [walks in angrily] No you don't!
Jack Simpson: Mandy, what are you doing here?
Mandy: Returning your things.
[throws a pack of cigarettes into Jack's hands, Stan laughs]
Jack Simpson: [shouting to Mandy] Better all be here!
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Referenced in Big Brother: Friday Night Live - 50's Bowl-a-Rama (2005) See more »


Performed by James Reyne and Australian Crawl
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Bowls Buster Of A Movie
27 November 2002 | by lloyd219See all my reviews

I was reticent to see this flick before reading the external reviews and user comments posted here. Why? Firstly because Mick Malloy's humour can (in my humble opinion) be pretty crass and over the top, evidenced by his ill fated shemozzle of a television show some years back. And secondly because good Aussie comedy films are sadly as rare as the Tassie Tiger.

Sensibly Mick has restrained his natural comedic exuberance in this surprisingly watchable movie. Who would have thought that a bowls club would provide the setting for one of the funniest Australian films in years. The cast is excellent with familiar local old timers all putting in believable performances.

Interesting to see John Clarke playing the villain in this piece. It's a one dimensional part but JC still adds a touch of class, as always. Good to see Judith Lucy also getting a Guernsey or should I saw bowls uniform on the big screen. She's a real talent, pity a number of her retorts were expletives. Her own material is a lot wittier. Interesting character though. Bowls reporter on a local rag. How low on the journalist food chain can one get!!

Crackerjack may not be the funniest film I've seen this year but it's certainly an enjoyable diversion, well worth a look. Lots of other people obviously agree with me as it's headed to be the biggest grossing Australian film this year. Good to see someone finally make a quirky, gentle comedy without trying to sledgehammer the laughs like so many Australian 'comedies' before it.

Finally a bit of trivia. If you're wondering which Aussie Rules team Mick supports check out the flag on his workstation. Also look out for his old partner in crime, Tony Martin doing the announcing in the final bowls scene.

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7 November 2002 (Australia) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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