The Hard Word


Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths star in the 2002 crime caper The Hard Word, released on DVD from Artisan with a widescreen transfer. English audio is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. Closed captions are also accessible. There are no special features to speak of.
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Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths star in the 2002 crime caper The Hard Word, released on DVD from Artisan with a widescreen transfer. English audio is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. Closed captions are also accessible. There are no special features to speak of.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director/writer commentary; Storyboard to screen; Behind the scenes; Isolated music track; Music video "Opening Theme"; Cast & crew information; 'Meatierology"- a glossary of Butcher Speak
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
There's nothing remotely original about this caper flick filled with stock characters and cartoonish violence, but it's still fairly enjoyable until it becomes muddled near the end and degenerates into what seems like several different finales strung together. Guy Pearce, Damien Richardson, and Joel Edgerton provide engaging performances and manage to flesh out their less-than-complex roles as thieving siblings; Kate Atkinson and Rhondda Findleton both make a strong impression in small roles as a getaway driver and prison counselor, respectively; and while Rachel Griffiths doesn't provide any new twists on the femme fatale tradition, she seems to be enjoying herself even though her performance is somewhat wooden at times. Unfortunately, Robert Taylor doesn't add enough pizzazz to his role as a crooked lawyer to make him seem interesting, and his character's idea for the big heist is hardly the most clever plan ever shown in a motion picture. The movie isn't particularly suspenseful either, despite plenty of plot twists and double-crosses. But that isn't a fatal flaw since this film is played for laughs. Some of the humor seems forced, but enough of it works to make this film entertaining, although it's hardly a must see.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • UPC: 031398101123
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 76,189

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Guy Pearce Dale Twentyman
Rachel Griffiths Carol Twentyman
Robert Taylor Frank Malone
Joel Edgerton Shane Twentyman
Damien Richardson Mal Twentyman
Rhondda Findleton Jane Moore
Kate Atkinson Pamela
Vince Colosimo Det. Mick Kelly
Paul Sonkkila Det. Jack O'Riordan
Kim Gyngell Paul
Dorian Nkono Tarzan
Technical Credits
Scott Roberts Director, Screenwriter
Brian J. Breheny Cinematographer
Brendan Campbell Asst. Director
Al Clark Producer
Martin Connor Editor
Hilary Davis Executive Producer
Gareth Jones Executive Producer
Paddy Reardon Production Designer
Ann Robinson Casting
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
John Schiefelbein Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Thorp Art Director
David Thrussell Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/ You're a Prince, Mate [4:16]
2. Taost with the Fancy Stuff [3:28]
3. The Welch Job [2:42]
4. Working on a Dream [4:18]
5. The Hitch [3:33]
6. Genius of the Family [1:39]
7. Don't Be Like That [9:42]
8. Relationship Rescue [5:30]
9. The Big One [6:42]
10. Back to the Butcherin' [3:19]
11. Feeling Better [3:36]
12. The Creaky House [7:16]
13. Into Position [3:21]
14. The Golden Boys [3:21]
15. Nobody Gets Hurt [2:30]
16. On the Hoof [3:33]
17. Better Than Christmas Dinner [4:12]
18. The Big Cow [5:18]
19. The Big Bad Wolf [5:43]
20. Brazil [4:43]
21. Smuggler's Rest [4:54]
22. Just Another Animal [4:18]
23. No More Sharing [2:02]
24. End Titles [3:10]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Isolated Music Score
      Behind The Scenes
      Cast and Crew Bios
         Guy Pearce
         Rachel Griffiths
         Robert Taylor
         Joel Edgerton
         Damien Richardson
         Scott Roberts
         Al Clark
         Brian Breheny
         Martin Connor
         Paddy Reardon
         Terry Ryan
         David Thrussell
      "Meatierology"- A Glossary of Butchers' Speak
      Theatrical Trailer
      From Storyboards to Screen
      Music Video: "Opening Theme" by David Thrussell
      Audio Commentary- Writer & Director Scott Roberts
   Set Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1 Isolated Music Score
      Audio Commentary with Writer & Director Scott Roberts
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite Australian films

    Gosh, this film is so entertaining and great. I mean it has almost everything in it. From family drama, heists, gambling, cannibalism, sex, romance, suspense, mystery, to a bunch of other stuff that's too good to not see this. In a nutshell, the film's about three brothers who are good at stealing and knocking over joints. They have a manager who has his hands in everyone's pockets, so naturally nobody in the film knows who to trust. I'm still surprised that this film isn't a cult hit and a major success in the states because the film is that good. The soundtrack is pretty awesome as well.

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