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Idiot Box (1996)

Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, ... See full summary »

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David Caesar

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David Caesar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Kev
Jeremy Sims Jeremy Sims ... Mick
John Polson ... Jonah
Graeme Blundell ... Detective Eric
Deborah Kennedy Deborah Kennedy ... Detective Leanne
Robyn Loau Robyn Loau ... Lani
Amanda Muggleton ... Mum
Rita Loffo Rita Loffo ... Bank Teller
Stephen Caesar Stephen Caesar ... Scary TV Crim
Chris Noonan ... Scary TV Crim
Mark Perry Mark Perry ... Scary TV Crim
Emma Tom Emma Tom ... TV Gangster Moll
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Greg / Laughing Boy
Lenny Rowe Lenny Rowe ... Scary TV Crim
Paul Gleeson ... Terry
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Storyline

Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, angry and unemployed, gets the guns. Two undercover cops and a highly strung speed dealer are not far behind. Written by Dan Miles <danmiles@hotmail.com>

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australia | independent film | See All (2) »

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The darkly comic tale of the young and useless See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Idiot Box: la caja tonta See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

Reflected in a window of the bank building opposite when Kev and Mick are rehearsing their robbery on their bicycles. See more »

Quotes

Mick: I didn't call you an idiot, I asked if you were an idiot, ya fuckin' idiot!
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Features The Incredible Hulk (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Love In Motion
Written by Iva Davies
EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd.
Performed by Snout
Snout appear courtesy Au Go Go Records
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Down and out in suburban Australia; worth a look, because it's mildly satisfying.
25 April 2002 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

Both the style and content of this film (as previous reviewers have stated) are far from fresh, but I can't be too unkind to a film that at least doesn't pander to the PG-13 crowd with the usual doses of sitcom sensitivity and redemptive moralism. The performances are all well delivered, the look of the film is grimly realistic, and the only obligatory, sensationalistic aspect of the piece is the annoyingly typical song-track music (that gleefully exploits and sells the usual mishmash that adds up to a pop-muzak CD). There's some good dialogue here and some fine widescreen photography for those film enthusiasts who are interested in checking out the DVD release of this decent Aussie indie.


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