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Felony (2013)

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An accident involving a young child sets off a chain of events that brings an Australian police officer's world crashing down.


Matthew Saville


Joel Edgerton (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jai Courtney ... Detective Jim Melic
Joel Edgerton ... Detective Malcolm Toohey
Mark Simpson Mark Simpson ... Slim
Paul Caesar Paul Caesar ... Elliott 'Doolan'
Ryan Gibson ... Make Reporter - Nick Jemanus
Glenn Chow Glenn Chow ... Shooter
Rob Flanagan ... Stocky
Jack O'Rourke ... Sarge
Aimee Pedersen Aimee Pedersen ... Maria
Vico Thai ... Vico
Patrick Thompson Patrick Thompson ... Jock
Terrence Hepburn Terrence Hepburn ... Tambourine's Bar Tender (as Terrance Hepburn)
Tom Wilkinson ... Detective Carl Summer
Dean Kyrwood ... RBT Cop
Lizzie Schebesta ... Sarah Morley


Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth? Written by Anonymous

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Father. Hero. Liar. See more »




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Release Date:

28 August 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The term Felony is not actually used in the Australian Police Force. See more »


Detective Carl Summer: Prison is for pricks who don't have that punishment here. Not you. Not me. Doesn't make sense. Alright?
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Livin' On A Prayer
Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora
Licensed by Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Limited
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia
Produced and arranged by Trent Williamson (as Trent 'Kunga' Williamson)
Vocals by Ryan Rafferty
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Subtle and gripping, Australia shows Hollywood how to do it
23 April 2015 | by pfgpowell-1See all my reviews

With so much high-octane expensive Hollywood dreck crowding out our cinemas, real gems such as Felony, Animal Kingdom (which also has the very excellent Joel Edgerton) and Mystery Road seem to get sadly bypassed or even forgotten. That isn't to say that Hollywood can't make good films (or that Australia can't make clunkers), but they seem to be few and far between and distributors who are obviously and understandably in it for the money seem to take the easy way out. Oh, and I really haven't seen enough Australian films to list any clunkers, but what I have seen is of an enviably high standard. Some reviewers here have bemoaned the lack of 'action'. Well, boo-hoo for them. I far prefer the subtlety of writing, direction and acting we get in Felony. Three different kind of cops, all in their way a little flawed, though not in a clichéd way, get caught up in a sad situation, an unfortunate incident which simply spirals out of control.

Edgerton, basically a decent man is persuaded by Tom Wilkinson's old-school cop to tell a lie after he accidentally knocks a young lad off his bike at night while less than sober. Add to these to Jai Courtney's young cop who feels he must do the right thing - though his motives are a tad murky - and you get a complex psychological drama which satisfies at every level. None of the characters is 'bad' or 'good', and each works in a pressured environment.

Edgerton scores double because he also wrote the script. I shall now be off to see what else he has written. If you manage to catch this and like great filmmaking, watch it.

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