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Dirty Deeds (2003)

Bryan Brown , Toni Collette , David Caesar  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, John Goodman, Sam Neill, Sam Worthington
  • Directors: David Caesar
  • Writers: David Caesar
  • Producers: Bryan Brown, Deborah Balderstone, Helen Watts, Hugh Marks, Jennie Hughes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABJJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dirty Deeds" on IMDb

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DIRTY DEEDS opens with business as normal for prominent Australian gangster Barry Ryan (Brown) who runs the girls, clubs, and illegal casinos. Ryan’s wife, Sharon (Collette), sees little of her husband as he spends most of his time with fellow mobsters or his mistress. But things start to get out of hand when Ryan’s business is threatened by a Chicago Mafia boss who sends two of his thugs to check out the casino scene for a potential takeover. When Tony (Goodman) and Sal, the two goons sent to check things out, try to fit in to Australian culture, they end up sticking out like two giant sore thumbs. Barry will have a difficult enough time negotiating with the Americans, but the biggest drama occurs when it is discovered that one of his own gang members has been less than truthful.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down Under Down and Dirty January 7, 2004
Here's the mix: throw in a coupla Yank Mafia guys--Sal and Tony. Blend with an Aussie mob operation based in Sydney, circa early 70s. What's the op? Slot machines. This is what's driving Sal and Tony's boss after the money to be made. Made men means make money. How Jimmy, the Mafia boss, found out about all the cash in Sydney is beyond the scope of this flick.
But that's OK. This works great. John Goodman is Tony, a kinda soft hearted Mafia soldier who's the perfect counterpart to Sal, his violent partner--shorter on brains and faster on the trigger finger (except when boar hunting). Bryan Brown is Barry, the main Aussie gangster who runs things in Sydney. Barry is married with a young son, but this doesn't stop him from cussing right to his kid's face or getting nasty when he has to.
Barry's not big on any takeover from the Yanks. Who would be, with a nice steady income stream every week? Not even for a coupla mil. This leads to some punchy (literally) things taking place, not least of which is Barry's nephew taking up with Barry's mistress, a young know-it-all waitress. Barry's wife, played by Toni Colette in a great performance, takes none too kindly to the extracurricular shenanigans.
And Barry's local rivals, one of whom was killed by Barry's men, are not exactly thrilled with Barry either. All this adds up to an edgy neo-noir with a unique Australian flavor. Very nifty. Writer-director David Caesar uses a hip, slice and dice jump-cutty style that is a teensy bit garish, but mostly works really well for the material. Skewed camera angles fit in with the period piece trappings--including spot on rock music and loud-color dress.
A different kind of neo-noir, entertaining and fun. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crime Film From Down Under November 2, 2003
John Goodman and Sam Neil make up a stellar cast in this nostalgic crime film. Set in Australia in the year 1969 it is the story of a crime ring operating slot machines out of night clubs. When Jimmy, a rival mafia man from the states, sends his gangsters Sal and (John Goodman) to Australia to get a piece of the pie trouble ensues. Barry is the local head of the slot ring and controls his town and the police (Sam Neil). Freddy is the local rival crime boss looking to make a deal with the Americans. Brent is Barry's nephew who's just come back from Vietnam looking to make big money. No one knows for sure where the others loyalty lies in this caper. Fairly well done independent film I would recomend viewing. David Caesar wrote and directed this movie and I had not seen a gangster movie from Australia before so it was an enjoyable watch. The sledge hammer scene and the outback pig hunt are my favorite moments in this picture. John Goodman was excellent and every member of the cast gave good performances.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice surprise November 8, 2003
Didn't expect much and I was pleasantly surprised. Nice picture quailty, comical characters, good soundtrack. Had a nice funky attitude that was refreshing in a stale atmosphere of gangster movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Deeds Done Right December 23, 2003
What happens when the Chicago mob moves in on the Aussie nickel slot-machine business? John Goodman's world weary wise-guy takes on Bryan Brown's edgy mob boss in this action-packed black comedy that does for the gentlemen what "Down With Love" did for the ladies--brings back the 60s through an affectionate and humorous lens. Sam Neil and Toni Collette put in strong supporting performances as Bryan Brown's corrupt cop "pal" and his feisty wife, and Sam Worthington demonstrates excellent comic timing as the lad just back from Nam who can't decide whether he wants to be a gangster or open the first pizza parlor in Australia.
Worth renting, just to hear Bryan Brown's advice to his young son on how to get vampires out from under the bed, and if you happen to be (as I am) a fan of any one of these fine actors, you won't be satisfied until you add this film to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good watching December 3, 2012
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we enjoy mobster movies. these guys and gals were very funny. down- under is a great place for a movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1969 gang action in Sydney Australia June 15, 2005
2002 Australian R-rated (Strong violence and language)/ Crime Thriller. Also known as "Knocking Mr. Big" (in Australia), and "Sacré Boulot" (French Canadian title).

DVD Features: The DVD contains two methods to play the film, either in Full Screen (film fits the TV screen, but cuts off some of the top and bottom action) or Widescreen (otherwise known as "Letterbox," the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, cutting off the activity on the sides) mode. The movie can be heard in English (5.1 Dolby Digital or 2.0 Dolby Stereo) or Spanish (2.0 Dolby Stereo). The DVD also contains a trailer for the film.

Credits: The movie stars: Bryan Brown (Barry Ryan; "F/X"; from Sydney Australia), Toni Collette (Sharon Ryan; "The Sixth Sense"; from Sydney, Australia), John Goodman (Tony; "Barton Fink"; from St. Luis, Missouri, USA), and Sam (O')Neill (Det. Sgt. Ray of the Police; "The Big Dish"; from Northern Ireland, UK - family moved to New Zealand when he was 7). The movie co-stars Sam Worthington (Darcy "Ryan" -the nephew; "Hart's War"; Australian), Kestie Morassi (Margaret; "The Merchant of Fairness"; from Adelaide, Australia), William McInnes (Hollywood; "Look Both Ways"; from Queensland Australia), Andrew S. Gilbert (Norm; "Ned Kelly"), Gary Waddell (Freddie; "Heatwave"; from Victoria Australia), and Felix Williamson (Sal; "Babe: Pig in the City"). The movie is written and directed by David Caesar (writer: "Mullet"; director: "Greenkeeping").

Plot: It's 1969 and Barry Ryan controls things in Sydney Australia (including the casino slot machine trade).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Australian mob movie for laughs
Loved this movie! It really should be better known. It's in the same class as "Married to the Mob" with Michelle Pfeiffer. Highly recommended Australian mob movie!
Published 11 months ago by Carolina lass
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Deeds is that, and more
Dirty Deeds is a really good Aussie film, lots of fantastic actors -- a real hidden gem. Toni Collette and Bryan Brown, in particular, are terrific and Sam Worthington is... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Hollis Ramsey
3.0 out of 5 stars John Goodman in Australia
Dirty Deeds did not live up to our expectations; the script and story line had possibilities, however the audio was well below par, when you consider Aussie lingo at many times... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Reggie F White
4.0 out of 5 stars Australian crooks
I at first bought this on VHS as an error but later the DVD version that I remember having seen on TV many years ago, I live in Denmark. Read more
Published on December 7, 2010 by Aage W. Vasili Hempel
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, clever, funny, violent as hell
The time is 1969, the setting is Australia, and the Mafia's moving in. But guess what? Aussies already have criminal syndicates. Read more
Published on January 1, 2008
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor mans version of "Snatch"...
"Lock Stock and 2 smoking barrels", "Pulp Fiction" etc. I REALLY like all of these movies but "Dirty Deeds" just isn't that good. Read more
Published on October 21, 2007 by Matthew Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
I am a huge fan of Bryan Brown. He is hillarious without even trying to be and a real larrikin. He is one of Australia's greatest exports. Read more
Published on October 3, 2006 by Nate
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fella's in thongs
Good movie- But if you are interested in another great Aussie Gangster film starring Heath Ledger and Bryan Brown- Hunt down "Two Hands", you won't regret it-... Read more
Published on November 8, 2003 by Adam N. Davidson
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