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Little Fish (2005)

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A woman trying to escape her past becomes embroiled in a drug deal.

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Rowan Woods
12 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Tracy
Sam Neill ... The Jockey
Hugo Weaving ... Lionel
Martin Henderson ... Ray
Noni Hazlehurst ... Janelle
Dustin Nguyen ... Jonny
Joel Tobeck ... Moss
Lisa McCune ... Laura
Susie Porter ... Jenny
Nina Liu ... Mai
Linda Cropper Linda Cropper ... Denise
Daniela Farinacci Daniela Farinacci ... Donna
Ferdinand Hoang ... Khiem
Anh Do ... Tran
Jason Chong ... Mingh
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Storyline

In Sydney, Tracey Heart is a thirty-two years old manager of a video shop, an ex-heroin addict whose been clean for four years. She is trying to raise $40,000 to buy a shop for computer games next door to the rental and to become partner of her boss; but based on her negative records, the banks deny the loan. Tracey takes care of her junkie stepfather Lionel Dawson, unsuccessfully trying to make him quit his heroin habit. When her former boyfriend Jonny returns from Vancouver, Tracey's mother Janelle fears a fall for Tracey, while she blames Jonny for the car accident where her son Ray lost a leg. When Ray and Jonny associate with Moss, the assistant of the retired criminal boss Bradley 'The Jockey' Thompson, in drug dealing, Tracey is convinced by Jonny to join them and raise the necessary money for her business during the weekend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A story about families. About lies. And about learning to love again. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug content and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A rare glimpse of Hugo Weaving driving a car; even if it is just backing it out of a driveway. He has never owned a driver's license because of his epilepsy. You can see it was him because of his reflection in the side mirror. See more »

Goofs

When they arrive at the school reunion in the beginning there is a photo wall. "In Memorium" (spelled incorrectly like that) is on a sign above the photos. Below the photos is another sign that reads "Remember the good old days" but when they do a close-up of the lower sign it reads "In Memorium Class of '89". Then they do another wide shot and the original sign is back again. See more »

Quotes

Janelle: She's doing great. She opening her own shop.
Tracy Heart: Mum. I going into partnership with Min who I work for at the video shop. they're expanding into internet online gaming.
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Features Farscape (1999) See more »

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Flame Trees
Written by Don Walker & Steve Prestwich
Performed by The Sacred Heart School Choir, Cabramatta
Linda Mizzi, Director, Soloists: Andrew Doan & Cindy Huynh
Produced & Arranged by Anthony Partos & Andrew Lancaster
Engineered by Wayne Connolly & Andrew Lancaster
Published by Palomarr Pty Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia & BigBang Publishing Pty Ltd
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Disturbingly Honest
23 September 2005 | by niall-14See all my reviews

It's a disturbingly honest film portraying a hauntingly familiar life and how it is affected by the seamy drug/underworld of Sydney's Asian community. That's not to say that only the Asian community has drug and underworld problems, but it makes for an interesting and colourful backdrop for a complicated but compelling story. In fact, even now two hours after we left the cinema, I'm still mildly troubled by the seeming hopelessness of the confused lives portrayed. It was so real, so close to the bone. The characters could easily be you, or me. As another reviewer stated:

"There's no light-the tunnel goes on forever." A pretty accurate assessment.

I've heard it said that for Blanchett and Weaving their performances rank as personal bests, but I'm not all that sure I'd go that far with Weavings. He was good, very, very good as the broken-down drug-ridden ex-football star but Blanchett's performance as the reformed addict desperately trying to get her life together, to set up her own business and actually resurrect something from the pathetic life she has, was absolutely amazing. Her character is both complex and simplistic all at once. You can detest and love her, feel sympathy and disdain and find by movie's end you're aware that she could so easily be you.

Included in the cast as perennials the likes of Noni Hazlehurst, Lisa McCune and Sam Neill all played sound parts but not a patch on the leads. The balance of the cast are movie journeymen/women who have many and varied backgrounds. None were overly outstanding, although I found the character of Jonny, Blanchett's former boyfriend played by Dustin Nguyen to be quite well done. He disgusted me for what he was and what he wanted to be and that's the actors art.

Go and see this flick. It's an outstanding example of the Australian film industry's capabilities. I rate it 8 out of 10.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

Vietnamese | English

Release Date:

8 September 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,127, 26 February 2006

Gross USA:

$8,148

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,248,506
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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