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The Honourable Wally Norman (2003)

A meat worker is accidentally nominated to run for Parliament and realises that to save the meat works he has to get elected. All that stands in his way is every other politician in the country and his own fear of public speaking.

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Ted Emery
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Harrington Kevin Harrington ... Wally Norman
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Willy Norman
Shaun Micallef ... Ken Oats
Roz Hammond ... Dolly Norman
Nathaniel Davison Nathaniel Davison ... Myles Greenstreet
Greig Pickhaver Greig Pickhaver ... The Chairman
Octavia Barron Martin Octavia Barron Martin ... Laurie Norman (as Octavia Barron-Martin)
Tom Budge ... Normie Norman
Bryan Dawe Bryan Dawe ... Richard Nicholls
Melissa Madden-Gray ... Rebecca-Jane Thompson
Paul Kelman Paul Kelman ... Gary
Reg Evans ... Barry
Keith Robinson Keith Robinson ... Meatworks Owner 1
Bruce Venables ... Meatworks Owner 2
Lenny Firth ... Duncan
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A meat worker is accidentally nominated to run for Parliament and realises that to save the meat works he has to get elected. All that stands in his way is every other politician in the country and his own fear of public speaking.

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Every underdog has his day See more »

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Comedy

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Producer Jonathan Shteinman said of this movie: "It's the quintessential film about the Aussie battler hero. Australian audiences have an abiding interest in films that depict the larrikin overcoming the odds of the system. That's what attracted us to the film. The script was very funny, but the basic story was also strong". See more »

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No goats were injured during the making of this film, except for Aussie Carmen who developed a drinking problem. See more »


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Working Class Man
Performed by Jimmy Barnes
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pleasant but hardly funny
9 November 2003 | by jvframeSee all my reviews

The promotional trailer had been promising, but unfortunately all of the amusing bits of the film were in that trailer.

Consequently all I got out of the rest of Wally Norman was one snicker and a smirk (and I had to wait 30 minutes for the snicker).

The film is incredibly bland, and for a comedy that's pretty disastrous. There was a good sized crowd in our session, but very little real laughter - and several people, like myself, were clearly unimpressed.

It's got a fairly crappy script, old jokes, nothing more than predictability in its plot and some pretty shabby editing.

I would have walked out after 30 minutes, but there was a slight suggestion that Wally Norman's son might be gay, so I stayed on to see where they went with that. The son smiles whimsically on two occasions when he's looking at another young male character. The smile was obviously taken by some of the audience (who guffawed briefly) as meaning that Wally's son had as much interest in this man as did his daughter. However the son's sexuality is never even alluded to in the rest of the film, and the son doesn't look sideways at the other character again - proving that this was merely a directorial blunder.

It'll be interesting to see what the "Kath & Kim" devotees make of it (that's a popular current Australian TV series by the same director) - perhaps you require a special bent to see this film as being truly funny, rather than merely pleasant.


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Official Sites:

Arclight Films

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Honorable Wally Norman See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,959
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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