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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.

Director:

John Clarke

Writers:

John Clarke, Shane Maloney (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Wenham ... Murray Whelan
Mick Molloy ... Angelo Agnelli
Deborah Kennedy ... Trish
Julian O'Donnell Julian O'Donnell ... Red Whelan
Robyn Butler ... Wendy Whelan
Darren Casey Darren Casey ... Ant
Sam Neill ... Lionel Merricks
Tamara Searle Tamara Searle ... Ayisha
Denis Moore Denis Moore ... Apps
Susie Dee Susie Dee ... Apps' Receptionist
George Prataris George Prataris ... Memo
Alan Brough Alan Brough ... McGuire
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Herb Gardiner
Sue Jones Sue Jones ... Woman Next Door
Ramez Tabit 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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2004 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Production Co:

Huntaway Films See more »
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Goofs

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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Followed by The Brush-Off (2004) See more »

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Not as 'stiff' as you would think
20 June 2004 | by inca_HOOTS_filmsSee all my reviews

Australian telemovies have a reputation to uphold. They are supposed to be poorly written vehicles for our much trotted out band of thesps to portray clichéd characterization coupled with inane dialogue. I must say, I AM disappointed. What I witnessed tonight was an interesting storyline with believable characters and a very talented David Wenham giving my cynical mind a reprieve from the standard fare. Shame on you! I liked the program.

Wenhams' laconic Murray Whelan is certainly a treat to witness. He's like a scruffy Blue Heeler getting kicked from pillar to post but still keeps coming. You have to admire that sort of tenacity. I delighted in the gentle humour of the story and Murrays' optimism despite his train-wreck lifestyle.

Anyway, I was happy to see a production that did not contain the usual suspects and would welcome many more Whelan adventures. Top shelf.


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