Dirty Deeds

Overview

Directed by David Caesar, Dirty Deeds is an Australian crime picture inspired by real-life Sydney mobsters, and is set in the Sydney crime underworld of 1969. Bryan Brown stars as Barry Ryan, a prominent gangster whose ruthlessness rivals some of the toughest in the trade. He lives with his downbeat wife, Sharon Toni Collette, and their son, but spends the majority of his time either with fellow mobsters or his mistress, Margaret Kestie Morassi. Ryan's business is threatened when a Chicago Mafia boss dispatches ...
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Overview

Directed by David Caesar, Dirty Deeds is an Australian crime picture inspired by real-life Sydney mobsters, and is set in the Sydney crime underworld of 1969. Bryan Brown stars as Barry Ryan, a prominent gangster whose ruthlessness rivals some of the toughest in the trade. He lives with his downbeat wife, Sharon Toni Collette, and their son, but spends the majority of his time either with fellow mobsters or his mistress, Margaret Kestie Morassi. Ryan's business is threatened when a Chicago Mafia boss dispatches two of his goons to scope out the poker machine scene for a potential takeover. Tony John Goodman and Sal Felix Williamson, however, are lost when it comes to Australian culture, and stick out like a sore thumb. Negotiating with the Americans will be difficult enough for Barry, but the real blow comes when he learns that one of his own gang members has been deceitful. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Fitfully engaging from the start, this Australian period caper comedy, decorated in loud Pop Art colors, is sent over the top by an effortlessly polished cast, vividly kinetic cinematography (by Geoffrey Hall, who also shot the energetic cult favorite Chopper), and a commanding performance by Bryan Brown as an inscrutable gangster prone to sudden violence. Tim Rogers' pop-song score is essential, as well. The story glides along as if on roller skates and is edited at an infectious rhythm; somehow writer/director David Caesar manages to pull together several parallel story lines for a climactic convergence that is nothing short of classic. There are laughs -- many of them at John Goodman's moping mobster's expense -- but Brown's menace provides gravity and keeps it from being lightweight. Compare it to any of Guy Ritchie's capers -- Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels -- but with happier endings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • UPC: 687797320698
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Millennium
  • Language: English
  • Time: 00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,049

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bryan Brown Barry Ryan
Toni Collette Sharon Ryan
John Goodman Tony Testano
Sam Neill Det.-Sgt. Ray Murphy
Sam Worthington Darcy
Felix Williamson Sal Cassela
Kestie Morassi Margaret
William McInnes Hollywood
Andrew S. Gilbert Norm
Gary Waddell Freddie
Bille Brown Senator
Paul Chubb Sammy
Technical Credits
David Caesar Director, Screenwriter
Deborah Balderstone Producer
Chris Batson Art Director
John Bowring Special Effects
Bryan Brown Producer
Jamie Crooks Asst. Director
Liam Egan Sound/Sound Designer
Geoffrey Hall Cinematographer
Paul Healy Score Composer
Jennie Hughes Executive Producer
Christopher Kennedy Production Designer
Xavier Marchand Executive Producer
Hugh Marks Executive Producer
Kris Noble Executive Producer
Mark Perry Editor
Tess Schofield Costumes/Costume Designer
Shauna Wolifson Casting
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