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Dirty Deeds (2002)

1973 Sydney: An Australian gangster sees booming business, due to U.S. soldiers being in town for relaxing between their tours to the Vietnam war, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.

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David Caesar

Writer:

David Caesar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Barry Ryan
Toni Collette ... Sharon Ryan
John Goodman ... Tony Testano
Sam Neill ... Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy
Sam Worthington ... Darcy
Kestie Morassi ... Margaret
William McInnes ... Hollywood
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Norm
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Freddie
Felix Williamson ... Sal Cassela
Derek Amer Derek Amer ... Manager
Laeni Baille Laeni Baille ... Coin Lady
Rudi Baker Rudi Baker ... Bell Boy
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Senator
Michael Brownjohn Michael Brownjohn ... Bouncer #1
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Set in 1960s Sydney, this is the story of an Australian gangster whose booming business, buoyed by the influx of U.S. soldiers in town for R&R during their tours in Vietnam, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors. Written by Greg Dean Schmitz

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Taglines:

Get ready to get dirty.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Deeds - Dreckige Geschäfte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$134,510 (Australia), 9 August 2002, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A 'lobster' (referenced when Darcy purchases the guns from his friend still in the army) is an Australian colloquial term used for the twenty dollar note whose distinctive red/orange colour is likened to a cooked lobster See more »

Goofs

Tony and Sal are flying to Sydney when Sal looks down and sees Hawaii as they fly over. Tony tells Sal that it will be another 6 hours until they get there. However, even today, the flight time from Honolulu to Sydney is about 10-11 hours. See more »

Quotes

Darcy: You're taking a pissa outta my pizza.
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Crazy Credits

After the main cast credits scroll up the screen, there is an additional scene that reveals some more of the plot. See more »

Connections

References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Draggin' Yer Bones
Composed by Tim Rogers
Published by Festival Music Publishing
Performed by You Am I
2002 BMG Australia Limited
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Less than the sum of its parts.
25 June 2002 | by Lexx-2See all my reviews

Sad to say, but despite a fantastic cast, great design and some genuine laughs, "Dirty Deeds" is ultimately a disappointment. A frenetic comedy set in the Sydney mob scene circa 1969, David Caesar's tale of cross and double-cross does admittedly have a lot going for it if you're not too picky. Bryan Brown has one of his most engaging roles in years as mobster Barry Ryan, head of the pokie rackets in Sydney. Toni Collette is equally good as his no-nonsense wife, while a solid cast of Aussie professionals such as William MacInnes, Sam Neil and Paul Chubb fill out an amusing ensemble. Even the get-a-US-release stunt casting of John Goodman, as a Brown's even-tempered American rival fits nicely.

In addition, the design of the film is wonderfully evocative of late sixties Australia, complete with garish curtains, funky wallpaper, beehives and bowler hats. The soundtrack, produced by You Am I frontman Tim Rogers, is an amusing combination of vintage Oz-rock oldies (the title tune, performed by AC/DC and covered in the end credits by You Am I with Tex Perkins)and knowing modern-day covers. But there are flaws, very big ones on both sides of the camera.

While he demonstrates a keen eye for local colour and ocker humour, (witness "Idiot Box" and "Mullet") David Caeser is no action filmmaker. The car chase scenes are very poorly shot and flatly edited, with little sense of perspective or coherence. The low budget shows in a severely unconvincing opening sequence, set in Vietnam, but looking all-too-obviously like rural New South Wales. His screenplay works hard to pull off a "Snatch"-style multiple-whammy climax, but the pacing is off and there isn't enough build-up for it to really work. The romantic sub-plot featuring Sam Worthington (as Brown's straight-arrow nephew) and Kestie Morassi (as Brown's mistress) is flat and entirely predictable.

Relative newcomer Worthington sadly sticks out like a sore thumb among the otherwise distinguished ensemble with an inexpressive, lifeless performance, which undermines certain crucial scenes. Morassi is however a definite find and will certainly be one to watch in the future.

A lot of excellent talent has gone into making "Dirty Deeds" and that only serves to make the end result an even greater disappointment.


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