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Valentine's Day (2008)

Ben Valentine (Rhys Muldoon) has totally lost his way in the world. Drunk and directionless, he finds himself in trouble with the law in the small Victorian country town of Rushworth. ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Duncan

Writer:

Peter Temple
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhys Muldoon ... Ben Valentine
Michael Tuahine Michael Tuahine ... Jimmy Kennedy
Anita Hegh ... Sarah Hayes
Freya Stafford ... Mel
Roy Billing ... Kevin Flynn
Terry Norris Terry Norris ... Stump Woods
Bruce Kerr ... Donkey Donchi
Steve Rodgers ... Wayne
Jacinta Stapleton Jacinta Stapleton ... Delvene
Lulu McClatchy ... Barassi
Patrick Harvey Patrick Harvey ... Gary
Marley Sharp Marley Sharp ... Luke Kennedy
Adam Zwar ... Beak
Simon Lyndon Simon Lyndon ... Bean
Nathan Bocskay ... Runt
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Ben Valentine (Rhys Muldoon) has totally lost his way in the world. Drunk and directionless, he finds himself in trouble with the law in the small Victorian country town of Rushworth. Mistakenly identified as famous AFL footballer Ben Valentine, he is sentenced to 200 hours of community service... in the form of coaching the town's 'no-hoper' football team. Teetering on the brink of demise, if they don't win three out of the next four games, not only will they have to merge with their arch rivals, but their beloved pie factory Dick's will be sold. For the proud, close-knit community, the future is looking bleak. With so much riding on the outcome of the next couple of games, Ben begins to realise how important his role is, and starts to care about this football mad community. But will he be able to pull it off? Will the town accept who this drifter really is?

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2008 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Rushworth, Victoria, Australia

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Predictable but full of good fun
8 July 2008 | by jamesmouleSee all my reviews

Ben Valentine is an Aussie Rules legend who finds himself before the beak in a small country town called Rushworth in Victoria, Australia. Like most country towns in Australia, the population is football mad. The fortunes of the local team are crucial to the status and self confidence of the district. Unfortunately, all the glories of Rushworth's team are in the past and they are on the brink of being merged with a local town, their most hated rivals. As a resident of a small country village, this all rings true to me. Ben is offered a sentence in gaol or community service as the coach of the local footy team. The team has to win three of its next four games to avoid oblivion. The ending is predictable but there are some nice twists. The cast is excellent. There are a couple of mildly interesting sub-plots. The growth of the pie business that mirrors the rise of the footy team is a classic. There are some very funny lines, possibly more obvious to country people. A knowledge of Aussie Rules football would be a little help but the film is likely to appeal more to people who follow the game.


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