Chopper

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Overview

This Australian drama is based on the life and times of Mark "Chopper" Read, a notorious Aussie criminal who went on to become a best-selling author, publishing nine books about his exploits outside the law. In 1978, Chopper played by Eric Bana is serving a 16-year sentence for abducting a judge who was overseeing the trial of his best friend Jimmy Simon Lyndon. Jimmy and Chopper end up sharing a cell, along with Keithy George David Field, a crime boss; when a disagreement between Keithy and Chopper escalates ...
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Overview

This Australian drama is based on the life and times of Mark "Chopper" Read, a notorious Aussie criminal who went on to become a best-selling author, publishing nine books about his exploits outside the law. In 1978, Chopper played by Eric Bana is serving a 16-year sentence for abducting a judge who was overseeing the trial of his best friend Jimmy Simon Lyndon. Jimmy and Chopper end up sharing a cell, along with Keithy George David Field, a crime boss; when a disagreement between Keithy and Chopper escalates into violence, Chopper kills Keithy, leading to retribution from the gangster's mates, who hire Jimmy to do their dirty work. To escape, Chopper forces a friend to cut off one of his ears so he'll be transferred to another prison. Eight years later, Chopper is out of prison and looking for Jimmy in hopes of getting revenge; in the meantime, he's looking to get even with another of his enemies, Neville Vince Colosimo, and trying to keep his eye on his girlfriend, Tanya Kate Beahan, who supports herself as a call girl. While the real "Chopper" Read was not directly involved in the production, comic Eric Bana was cast in the lead at Read's suggestion.
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Editorial Reviews

Village Voice - J. Hoberman
The portrait of this thuggish celebrity promises to be gleeful, and it is-in a particularly gore-drenched way.... This is a movie where bleeding can be a sound effect, but often it's obscured by the burble of Chopper's constant chatter.... A movie of prolonged interactions, Chopper is as visually strident as its protagonist is garrulous. A former director of commercials and music videos, Dominik periodically gooses the action with bits of subjective pixillation or wildly theatrical lighting, but his filmmaking is more impressive for its vivid claustrophobia. The colors are leached; the action is largely confined to interiors with the bilious illumination of a city morgue. With his metal teeth and deformed satyr-like ears, Chopper is a spectacular lowlife clown -- a mix of oafish savoir faire and unpredictable violence...
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2001
  • UPC: 687797871015
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Millennium
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Bana Mark "Chopper" Read
Vince Colosimo Neville Bartos
Simon Lyndon Jimmy Loughnan
David Field Keithy George
Daniel Wyllie Bluey
Bill Young Detective Downey
Gary Waddell Kevin Darcy
Technical Credits
Andrew Dominik Director, Screenwriter
Greg Apps Casting
Al Clark Executive Producer
Geoffrey Hall Cinematographer
Mick Harvey Score Composer
Kevin Hayward Cinematographer
Frank Lipson Sound/Sound Designer
Paddy Reardon Production Designer
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Ken Sallows Editor
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Splendid Celebrity...

    That happens to be a killer and notorious criminal in the tradition of many Australian films. They tend to be a little bit more bloody, angry with that in your voice. The prison section in this movie was as real as it gets, more so than other countries, including the US. Afrer Mark "READ" Chopper gets out of prison, he doesn't change one bit and is the typical celebrity we find in all Western countries of criminals whether they be John Gotti or Ted Bundy. That part wasn't as compelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great rough/raw movie

    If you like your movies a little raw/rough and you think you can pick up the Australian brogue then this title is perfect. Eric Bana is fantastic imho and the movie borderlines on a comedy in some sections. Nice off track title that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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