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Stiff (2004)

Murray Whelan, a young political adviser to the Labor Minister for Ethnic Affairs, must play detective when he gets unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation. Based on a popular Australian series of detective books.

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Murray Whelan
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Angelo Agnelli
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Trish
Julian O'Donnell ...
Red Whelan
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Wendy Whelan
Darren Casey ...
Ant
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Lionel Merricks
Tamara Searle ...
Ayisha
Denis Moore ...
Apps
Susie Dee ...
Apps' Receptionist
George Prataris ...
Memo
Alan Brough ...
McGuire
Alan Hopgood ...
Herb Gardiner
Sue Jones ...
Woman Next Door
Ramez Tabit ...
Sivan
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Murray Whelan, a young political adviser to the Labor Minister for Ethnic Affairs, must play detective when he gets unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation. Based on a popular Australian series of detective books.

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When Murray pokes a hole on his ceiling all the lights go out as he causes a short circuit and blows a fuse. However, a lamp in the corner remains on. This, though unlikely, is possible as the lamp would run off the power circuit on the house rather than the lighting circuit. See more »

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Entertaining & humorous
4 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

No, that isn't the name of a Pub near my house, it is a description of this TV movie set in good IL' Melbourne, Australia.

Most people would recognise David Wenham from Van Helsing as Hugh Jackman's little off-sider, but he is the main star of this (hopefully) series of movies where he plays Murray Whelan who seems to end up in many awkward predicaments throughout the show.

It is probably aimed more at Australian audiences to be honest, but it is well written, well acted and very amusing in parts. Murray Whelan is a likable character which may explain why there are a couple of his adventures out there.

As far as a mystery goes, it wasn't terribly hard to work things out in the end, but as it is sort of set up as a potential series of films, it is very good at telling us about the character and giving us an understanding of what he's about.

Good to see a cameo of our state Premier in there too! Looking forward to more in the series.


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