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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 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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The bank scene was filmed at Gloucester Park, East Perth WA across the road from the WACA. The location manager found the location by luck after the previous best choice of the WACA was rejected for appearing 'too modern'. See more »


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everyone loves a caper !
8 May 2021 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Period piece, theoretically based on a true story from the 1980s. Three aussie brothers sell a gold chunk, which may or may not be what they say it is, to a collector. Grant Bowler, Todd Lasance, Josh Tart are Ray, Pete, and Brian. To buy gold, bank checks are tampered with, and the brothers end up doing time for the crime. Even though some of the evidence was faked by the cops. And they even have the cops on tape admitting as much. Were they set up by someone else? When they get put in jail, the guards and the other prisoners seem to be against them all the way. Who is behind all this? Even the courts and appeals system seems to be blocking their every step to prove their innocence. Some violence and cussing. It's okay. Not quite a documentary, but not bad. Some confusion at the beginning over the timing of the crimes, and what the brothers had really done or not done. Directed by Geoff Bennett, who does a LOT of television, and movies every now and then. Story by Paul Bennett and Reg Cribb.

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Release Date:

11 March 2012 (Australia) See more »

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Sundowner See more »


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AUD3,000,000 (estimated)
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