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The Great Mint Swindle (2012)

Based on a true story, three Australian brothers become embroiled in a scam by selling a fake gold nugget to a tycoon.


Geoff Bennett




Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Bowler ... Ray Mickelberg
Todd Lasance ... Peter Mickelberg
Josh Quong Tart ... Brian Mickelberg
Shane Bourne ... Don Hancock
John Batchelor ... Tony Lewandowski
Maya Stange ... Sheryl Mickelberg
Caroline McKenzie Caroline McKenzie ... Peg Mickelberg
Abby Earl ... Diana (as Abbey Earl)
Talei Howell-Price Talei Howell-Price ... Fay Mickelberg
Phil Bennett Phil Bennett ... Detective Slipper
Adam Booth ... Detective Burke
Troy Coward ... Eddie Jones
Jenny Davis Jenny Davis ... Mrs. Lewandowski
Rhoda Lopez Rhoda Lopez ... Alison Fan
Andrew Hale Andrew Hale ... Malcolm McCusker


It's the beginning of the 1980s boom in Western Australia. Larrikin brothers Ray, Brian and Peter Mickelberg spend their days abalone fishing, flying planes, looking for adventure and developing new ways of making money. Their most bizarre venture? Selling a huge fake gold nugget "The Yellow Rose of Texas" to tycoon Alan Bond. A tale about two innocent men who become embroiled in one of the most famous heists in Australia's history. It is a mysterious twenty-year saga about their fight to clear their names over a crime that has never been solved. Written by Channel 9

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Biography | Crime | Drama



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corrupt cops
23 January 2019 | by abc-47131See all my reviews

This movie exposes the corruption rife in the Western Australian Police Force using coerced, fabricated and manipulated evidence. Not only the three Mickleberg brothers, but others have suffered at their hands such as Andrew Mallard, John Button, Darryl Beamish and Lloyd Rayney, all of whom have been exonerated or acquitted.

The complex plot, involving the audacious theft of a large quantity of gold from the State Mint, seems like Hollywood on steroids and yet the twists and turns are simply and accurately developed.

The strong family bond among the three Mickleberg brothers is beautifully portrayed by Grant Bowler, Todd Lasance & Josh Quong Tart. They contrast with the ruthless detective, Don Hancock, played perfectly by Shane Bourne, from smarmy to brutal, and whose end is well deserved.

I have reason to be grateful to the dedicated men and women of the WA Police Force but one can't help wondering whether the culture of corruption has been adequately addressed. In recent years, one of the lawyers who helped put the Micklebergs behind bars rose to become the State Attorney-General

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11 March 2012 (Australia) See more »

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AUD3,000,000 (estimated)
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