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Dr. Plonk (2007)

A scientist & inventor in 1907, Dr Plonk, predicts that the world will end in 101 years, unless something is done about it. A comedy in the Charlie Chaplin / Buster Keaton tradition.

Director:

Rolf de Heer

Writer:

Rolf de Heer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Martin Nigel Martin ... Dr. Plonk (as Nigel Lunghi)
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ... Paulus
Magda Szubanski ... Mrs. Plonk
Wayne Anthoney Wayne Anthoney ... Prime Minister Stalk
Phoebe Paterson de Heer Phoebe Paterson de Heer ... Maltreated Maid
Bogdan Koca Bogdan Koca ... Knock-Down Policeman
Quentin Kenihan Quentin Kenihan ... Man on Trolley
Sam Brooks Sam Brooks ... Chauffeur & Busking Clown
Celine O'Leary Celine O'Leary ... Park Bench Woman
Joey Kennedy ... Park Bench Woman
Joanna McGovern Joanna McGovern ... Park Bench Woman
Jeff Lang ... Irascible Old Man / City Policeman
Joshua Jaeger Joshua Jaeger ... Botanic Gardens Policeman
Pip Schapel Pip Schapel ... Hippy Girl
Chris Farrant Chris Farrant ... Dog Walker
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A scientist & inventor in 1907, Dr Plonk, predicts that the world will end in 101 years, unless something is done about it. A comedy in the Charlie Chaplin / Buster Keaton tradition.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Another film by Rolf de Heer See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2007 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Plonk See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,509
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Vertigo Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The idea of having Tiberius the dog in the film came when actor Paul Blackwell mentioned that he had a madcap dog. This canine, called Reg, had an obsession with balls, and this was factored into the script. See more »

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Referenced in The 'Dr Plonk' Score (2008) See more »

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Dr. Plonk ain't no Chaplin
15 September 2007 | by death-hilariousSee all my reviews

Dr. Plonk is a silent black and white comedy along the lines of Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin films. The story follows Dr. Plonk and his lazy drunken assistant Paulus, who in 1907 discover the world is going to end in the year 2008 and travel to the future to bring back proof when nobody believes them. For authenticity the film was shot with a hand crank camera using traditional techniques like under-cranking for the filming of chase sequences. While the film is entertaining, and features some fine acting (though the dog really steals the show in this department), what the film does most is remind everyone about how great and inimitable the masters like Keaton and Chaplin were. As an example, given a plot that brings a character from the year 1907 into the future to the year 2007, you'd think there would be some clever and unforgettable visual gags they could pull, poking fun at the absurdity of modern life. Instead, Plonk teleports into the future into such humdrum environments like abandoned warehouses and railway yards where the main gag is rather unimaginative Keystone cops type chase sequences. All in all it feels very much like a film school project, with a lot of homage to classic films, and very little genuine creativity.


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