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A Man's Gotta Do (2004)

Eddy earns an honest living from his fish trawler but leads a double life as a "standover" man at night to keep his aspirational wife, Yvonne happy. His relationship with his feisty ... See full summary »

Director:

Chris Kennedy

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Chris Kennedy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Howard ... Eddy
Alyssa McClelland ... Chantelle
Rebecca Frith ... Yvonne
Gyton Grantley ... Dominic
Rohan Nichol ... Paul
Helen Thomson ... Tina
Rowan Jackson Rowan Jackson ... Nigel
Amie McKenna Amie McKenna ... Delores
Vasa Gavrilovska Vasa Gavrilovska ... Svetlana
Lynne McGimpsy Lynne McGimpsy ... Josephina (as Lynne McGimpsey)
Joanne Cahill Joanne Cahill ... Sylvia (as Jo-Anne Cahill)
Tony Barry ... Dr. Savage
Grant Bennett Grant Bennett ... Police Officer
Manuel Terron Manuel Terron ... Rudi
Nicholas Brown ... Young Doctor
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Storyline

Eddy earns an honest living from his fish trawler but leads a double life as a "standover" man at night to keep his aspirational wife, Yvonne happy. His relationship with his feisty daughter Chantelle, whose Russian fiancé has disappeared, is at crisis point and he decides to read her diary or rather get his new sidekick, Dominic to do it. Eddy's gotta do what Eddy's gotta do to keep his eccentric family together. Written by craig47

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2004 (Australia) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Lynne McGranger, Jane Turner, Mary-Anne Fahey, Gina Riley, Paula Gardener, Sigrid Thornton, Marg Downey, Angela Punch-McGregor, Kerry Armstrong and Noni Hazelhurst were considered for the role of Yvonne See more »

Quotes

Eddy: Don't get an Italian car, get a German one. In this line of work, when you put your foot on the accelerator; something's gotta happen.
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On Top of the world
Written and performed by Jordan Best
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Surprising
17 February 2007 | by stevphelSee all my reviews

As an expat Australian living in Las Vegas, I managed to record this movie from the IFC channel on cable this week.

I am saddened to search the web and find that this movie received poor reviews and has no comments in the forums.

Overall, I found the movie to be a wonderful representation of the Australian character. Perhaps its because I have a daughter who is 17 and speaks (and acts) just like Chantelle.

Unfortunately, much of the humor in the movie will be lost in translation. Subtle phrases and gestures that are so Australian will not be noticed by international audiences.

Overall, the movie was a solid B in my opinion. The plot was fairly linear but the acting was top notch. Even made me a little homesick :-)


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