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A delightfully winning comedy, Oyster Farmer is the story of Jack Flange, an enterprising young man, who robs a fish market and mails the cash to a secluded close-knit community of oyster farmers. When the parcel goes missing, and the police start coming around, he suspects the precious package was found by one of his neighbors, a local beauty named Pearl, to whom he becomes irresistibly attracted. Filmed along Australia's breathtakingly beautiful Hawkesbury River, Anna Reeves' deliciously surprising Oyster Farmer is a comedy about love, community and freshly-shucked oysters.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Alex O'Loughlin, Jim Norton, Diana Glenn, David Field, Kerry Armstrong
  • Directors: Anna Reeves
  • Writers: Anna Reeves
  • Producers: Andrew Mackie, Anthony Buckley, Charlie Savill, Cyril Megret, Emile Sherman
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1OI8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,684 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oyster Farmer" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

I have already watched it about 20 times!
Roberta Burry
The movie was heartwarming, and the acting was really good and the scenery beautiful.
Michelle A. McKeever
Good movie, except something techically wrong with it.
artemis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By U2 "Marilee" on March 10, 2008
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I bought Oyster Farmer because of Alex O'Loughlin, spelled O'Lachlan in the movie from Moonlight on CBS. I Loved, loved, loved this movie and if I were going to buy just one of his, this would be the one. I have seen almost all of his performances , seven total , and this one stands out for no other reason than he Lives and it ends happily. Without going into the plot to great extent, it does take place in New South Wales and was produced by Showtime Australia. It is gorgeous scenery and the music is pure aboriginal (I hope you know what I mean). You can see the boomerangs flying when you just listen. He made this four years ago(2004) and you can see how far he has come if you are a fan of the CBS show Moonlight. Highly recommend. This was also the selection for the Toronto Film Festival - -probably 2005.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ellen F. Halter on March 29, 2006
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This movie is an absolute GEM! I simply cannot believe that there are no reviews of it. I can't remember where I heard about it, but when I knew that it was available through Amazon, I knew that I wanted to have a personal copy of the DVD. I really don't want to let any viewer know just what the movie

is about (the Amazon synopsis is very accurate), so I won't give

any specifics about the movie. I would prefer that you WATCH THIS MOVIE!! The acting is superb, and the scenery for the

photography is even more amazing. I loaned this movie to another "movie aficianodo" and she was as enthusiastic about its quality as well. It was filmed and released in 2004 in Australia, but very poorly marketed, and it wasn't until just recently that it was released in the US, in 2006. This Australian movie is truly phenomenal.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Janice L. Watson on November 28, 2007
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This movie takes place down under of a man who leaves the city to work as a laborer on an Oyster Farm in order to assist his sister in rehabilitation from an accident. The lengths a family member will go to for the medical bills, and also finding love when he least expects it. Alex O'Loughlin is the brother taking care of his sister. He is a fabulous actor no matter what role he plays!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mykola on April 7, 2009
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I bought Oyster Farmer because I am a fan of Alex O'Loughlin. I have all of his work on DVD now, and the man can do no wrong on film! Oyster Farmer is one of his first movies, and his portrayal of Jack Flange is absolutely delightful. This film is a beautiful story set on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in Australia. By the time the movie was over I wanted to go and live there, right along with the wonderfully quirky characters. David Field, Jim Norton and Jack Thompson are all excellent, as is the entire cast - but Alex O. outshines them all. This film is funny, sexy and at times very touching. It has a bit of something for every movie lover. It is a film to watch and love over and over, and makes a wonderful gift.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margana S on July 11, 2009
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Never heard of the movie before until I went on a search for all things O'Loughlin. Its a low budget movie that was filmed on location, literally on the river bank, in Australia. These are real people that are quickly likeable. Jack is a quiet guy who's only family is his older sister who is in a hospital following an accident. He does what he can to provide financially for her and her rehab. Everything in this movie is suble and it grows on you every time you watch it. There are funny scenes and also scenes with Alex that you want to hit your 'back' button again and again. I will never look at a boat dock the same way. Its a charming little story that is worth watching.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leung Tse Choi on April 3, 2006
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If Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea" is about fishing, then "Oyster Farmer" is about oyster farming. The story begins with a young man Jack Flange, who robs a fish market and mails the cash to an isolated village where oyster farming is the key business. When the parcel goes missing, he is forced to join the rest as oyster farmer and finds his suspects.

His evaluation of the villagers and interpretation of happenings in the village is solely about finding the bad guy who steals his money. Unfortunately, all his efforts are in vain. People there just care about how to grow better "oysters"; a father tries to reconcile with his daughter; a divorced husband tries to reconcile with his wife; a divorced woman tries to prove herself as a good oyster farmer. Getting rich is not in their equation of living.

Jack's search for the money and the greedy guy and the villagers' search for love and harmony forms the dialectic theme of the story. The village becomes the lost horizon for the city boy and the oyster becomes his salvation. The black, rough, and dirty shell of the oyster and the white, smooth and juicy oyster meat serves as vital symbol to guide us through the film. The meaning and implication of "Oyster Farmer" are soul reaching and rich. If it is not as great as Hemingway's, it is surely a good dose of chicken soup for the mind of metropolitan. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know - Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Murphy on January 18, 2008
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I bought this because Alex O'Loughlin is in it and I like him on the CBS show "Moonlight." He's awfully pretty to look at and, apparently, can act. "Oyster Farmer" is also interesting because it's a type of work most Americans (and Europeans) are probably not aware of.
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