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Take Away (2003)

Tony Stilano and Trev Spackneys both own, live over and work in adjoining take-away fish shops in Melbourne. Although they have fallen into a habitual rivalry based on a cause long ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Colosimo ... Tony Stilano
Stephen Curry ... Trev Spackneys
Rose Byrne ... Sonja Stilano
Nathan Phillips ... Dave
Matthew Dyktynski Matthew Dyktynski ... Burgies Manager
Tom Budge ... Tarquin
Brett Swain ... Ken
John Howard ... Burgies CEO
Dave O'Neil Dave O'Neil ... Mal the Butcher
Alethea McGrath Alethea McGrath ... Mrs. McLeod
Matthew Green Matthew Green ... Sean
Peter Rowsthorn Peter Rowsthorn ... Barry Burgie
Andrew Maj Andrew Maj ... Freddy Fry
Marita Wilcox Marita Wilcox ... Mrs. Williams
Ben Anderson ... Builder
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Tony Stilano and Trev Spackneys both own, live over and work in adjoining take-away fish shops in Melbourne. Although they have fallen into a habitual rivalry based on a cause long forgotten, the pair unite when the multinational fast-food outlet "Burgies" unveils a new store directly opposite the twin fish & chips shops. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Haláli halasok See more »

Filming Locations:

Alphington, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$249,020 (Australia), 15 August 2003, Limited Release
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Trivia

The main star Vince Colosimo once owned a take away shop very similar to that in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film they refer to Trevor's shop as Trev's fish and chips. but the signs inside and outside say Trev's takeaway. See more »

Quotes

Trev Spackneys: Tony?
Tony Stilano: What?
Trev Spackneys: Just before we go in there tomorrow, I just want you to know... I actually find you really attractive.
Tony Stilano: What?
Trev Spackneys: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Sucked in!
Tony Stilano: You grub!
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This film is Wonderful!
5 April 2006 | by romulanbeeSee all my reviews

William M. Thackeray once said "A good laugh is sunshine in the house." When I watched Take Away, I must say that the sun did shine in my house. This film was superb, the opening was very cleverly done, the story held together well, in a nutshell two fish'n chip shop owners who normally enemies are forced to form an alliance of sorts to engage in a David and Goliath struggle against a fast food chain which builds a restaurant on their street. The ending was hilarious even though I have found many who disagree with me on that one.

The film was though very discreetly, portraying contemporary Australian ethnic stereotypes, in particular the collision or culture clash if you will between the traditional Anglo Australian and Italo Australian stereotypes, and how they found a sort of "unity though adversity", very nice.

I found Vince Colosimo's performance as "Tony Stilano" an Italo-Australian Fish 'n Chip shop owner in his thirties to be first-class, his acting was very genuine and convincing, through his performance he managed to really bring to the surface the essence, or I should say the soul of the Italian Australian stereotype, which in reality is not too Italian but not too Australian either, Colosimo found that balance, breathed into its lungs and gave it life.

The Cinematography could have been better, more shots of the local area would've been nice, from what I can see it was in Melbourne, but where in Melbourne? to me it looks like somewhere between Ivanhoe to Bullen, though I am not 100% sure on that one.

I don't know why so many people are comparing this film to "The Castle" though they have similar themes running through them, Take Away stands in a league of its own.

I think the film was Excellent with a capital "E" it has everything, it's funny, the jokes are great, it deals with contemporary issues facing Australian society, the story holds well, I loved it! I highly recommend it.


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