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The Mule (2014)

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After a trip to Thailand, a first-time drug mule finds himself in police custody, with his stomach crammed with narcotics. Now, he has to endure seven sphincter-clenching days to convince them of his innocence. Will nature take its course?

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Tony Mahony, Angus Sampson (co-director)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Weaving ... Det. Tom Croft
Angus Sampson ... Ray Jenkins
Leigh Whannell ... Gavin Alastair Ellis
Ewen Leslie ... Det. Les Paris
Geoff Morrell ... John O'Hara
Georgina Haig ... Jasmine Griffiths
Noni Hazlehurst ... Judy Jenkins
John Noble ... Pat Shepherd
Nick Farnell ... Customs Scott
Marney McQueen Marney McQueen ... Customs Deb
Dave Lawson Dave Lawson ... Cheeky Graeme
Emma-Jane Newton Emma-Jane Newton ... Sandra Spence
Alex Menglet ... Victor
Ilya Altman Ilya Altman ... Ziggy Woytak
Brendan Bacon ... Neil
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After an all-expenses-paid trip to exotic early-1980s Thailand, the TV repairman and gullible first-time drug mule, Ray Jenkins, finds himself in police custody at Melbourne Airport, with his stomach crammed with twenty sachets filled with heroin. Locked in a hotel room under Detective Paris and Detective Croft's around-the-clock supervision, Ray has to endure seven gut-wrenching, sphincter-clenching days to convince the authorities of his innocence. Now, an agonising battle of wills commences, as Ray struggles not to crack. Will nature take its course? Written by Nick Riganas

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It's what's inside that counts.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Thai | Lithuanian

Release Date:

21 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A futár See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A previous collaboration between Georgina Haig and John Noble can be seen in Fringe's last season. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Customs Scott: [standing behind suspect] Drop your pants... And your underpants, please... Bend over... Bend over, mate... Now hold still...
[quick lot casting goes to female agent]
Customs Deb: [ugh] Please lift up your scrotum...
[readies her flashlight]
Customs Deb: Spread your buttocks...
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Soundtracks

All My Friends Are Getting Married
Written by Greg Macainsh (as G. MacAinsh) (Mushroom Music)
Performed by Skyhooks
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Australian Black/Comedy that should NOT be overlooked
22 November 2014 | by malbaneseSee all my reviews

When people form opinions about Australian Cinema, they generally base that opinion on previous Australian films with successful backgrounds, i.e.; Animal Kingdom, Chopper etc. What Angus Sampson has created here is a fantastic, moody, brooding black comedy/drama that surpasses most of the tripe that comes out of the US and Australia, but also that stands alone as a film that really works on all levels. Ignore Sampson's past achievements in the form of 100 Bloody Acres and the Insidious franchise etc. This film is a winner, and it's completely different. It is a stand alone film that pulls all the right triggers at all the right times. Sampson, having written, produced, starred and co-directed shines here as a shy and humble first time drug mule. His reluctance to be a participant in the smuggling leads to his fumbling through airport gates leading him to a minor cavity search that lands him locked up in a hotel for 7 days, guarded by Federal Police, waiting for the contents to pass through. The premise has been done before, however Angus Sampson brings the character to life and watching him hold on to number 2's for days is both uncomfortable and hilarious. This film is by no means a comedy. But throughout the film, the banality of simple Australians can't be helped but laughed at as they stumble through the complications of their lives. This film is a great Aussie crime drama that will stand up to the test of time like Animal Kingdom and Two Hands.

Definitely worth the watch and Angus Sampson is also one to watch in the future.


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