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Monkey Grip (1982)

A frank portrayal of a year in the life of a divorced mother living in Melbourne, trying to cope with her daughter and her own relationship with a drug addict while trying to get into the music business.


Ken Cameron


Ken Cameron, Helen Garner (book) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noni Hazlehurst ... Nora
Colin Friels ... Javo
Alice Garner Alice Garner ... Gracie
Harold Hopkins ... Willie
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ... Lillian
Michael Caton ... Clive
Tim Burns ... Martin
Christina Amphlett Christina Amphlett ... Angela
Don Miller-Robinson Don Miller-Robinson ... Gerald
Lisa Peers Lisa Peers ... Rita
Cathy Downes Cathy Downes ... Eve
Justin Ridley Justin Ridley ... Roaster
Pearl Christie Pearl Christie ... Juliet
Vera Plevnik Vera Plevnik ... Jessie
Jamie Fonti Jamie Fonti ... Ramondo


A frank portrayal of a year in the life of a divorced mother living in Melbourne, trying to cope with her daughter and her own relationship with a drug addict while trying to get into the music business.

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Loving, hurting, caring, fighting, winning, losing, all part of ... Monkey Grip




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Release Date:

17 June 1982 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Production Co:

Pavilion Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


Doc Neeson, singer from the Australian rock band The Angels, was originally cast in the lead role of Javo. Neeson screen tested for this part and according to director Ken Cameron, gave a good performance. Neeson withdrew from the film when his rock group The Angels were offered a lucrative international tour about two to three weeks prior to principal photography starting. The role was re-cast with Colin Friels. See more »


Nora: [to Javo] Would you like to stay?
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Featured in One Hit Wonderland: "I Touch Myself" by Divinyls (2016) See more »


Written by Christina Amphlett & Mark McEntee
Performed by Divinyls
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Ignore the blurb, this is not a dirty movie.
23 May 2000 | by gswanSee all my reviews

This is a very interesting film. It is taken from a novel that won a prestigious prize. Can I admit that I really enjoyed this film, while admitting that nothing _really_ happens? There are no car chases, or gun-fights. I don't even think I remember any fist-fights. Nora and her daughter meet and interact with interesting, intelligent, troubled people in Australia in the seventies.

Nora is under-employed in the alternative music business. Her main squeeze (Colin Friels) is under-employed as a sometime actor in small theatre. She shares a number of households with other single parents. She tries to raise her kid, and still have some self-fulfilment.

Let me warn you, don't make the mistake of inviting people over to watch this film with you, without warning them to ignore the blurb on the video-box. The last time I rented this film I invited a bunch of people over to watch a double bill: the Merchant-Ivory film "Slaves of New York" and "Monkey Grip". Everyone enjoyed SONY. But everyone left without watching MG. After they left I took a look at the box. It made MG sound like a porno movie. It described Colin Friels character, the heroine's main squeeze, as "sexually volcanic" whatever that means. BS of course. And the blurb writer omits the much more interesting item that he is a junkie. Very embarrassing. In truth MG wasn't any more erotic than Slaves of New York.

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