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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Joel Edgerton, Damien Richardson, Robert Taylor
  • Directors: Scott Roberts
  • Writers: Scott Roberts
  • Producers: Al Clark, Gareth Jones, Hilary Davis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • 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: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C2IQR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hard Word" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Guy Pearce stars as a veteran bank robber in this action film, also staring Rachel Griffiths and

Customer Reviews

Nice tightly wound plot - great acting.
Jinka1950
Still, THE HARD WORD is not a film one should feel guilty about watching or even enjoying.
E. Lee Zimmerman
Revelations are not offered until the films end.
Mark Turner

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By El Magico on March 4, 2004
Format: DVD
after reading some of these reviews its obvious that some of you are missing the point entirely. This is not a preposterous diamond heist film such as 'entrapment', nor is it one of these garbage hollywood films made to a formula involving an inordinate number of double, triple and quadruple crossings. the only american film which i would really compare it to at all is the similarly gritty and blackly comic classic 'reservoir dogs'.
first of all, the three main characters are not brothers, although it seems a blurb somewhere must have said this. the reason they speak the butcher's tongue is due to their time in the slammer.
secondly, i feel the way that the guys KNOW theyre going to get screwed over by their lawyer ADDS to the suspense. the fun is in seeing how he tries to do it, not "is the good guy a bad guy or a good guy pretending to be a bad guy so he can double cross the bad guy who is actually playing for both sides whilst sleeping with the good guys wife etc. etc."
also, i felt the robberies were very realistic. whats more likely to come off, robbing a bunch of intoxicated bookies after all the security guards have gone home (on a side note the melbourne cup is a hugely significant sporting event on the australian calendar, a nuance perhaps missed by our american friends), or breaking into a bank, disabling the security system with non-existent electrical equipment and lugging 50 tonnes of gold bars away from a 12-inch thick lead vault?
enough of that, the idea behind the film was to illustrate the human qualities of these flawed characters - after all, are these theives really any worse than shady politicians or mass tort lawyers? ive gotta agree that rachel griffiths looks a bit she-malish, but if theyd got liz hurley theyd also have got her acting ability!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William on May 4, 2003
The Hard Word is an Aussie film starring Guy Pearce (Time Tunnel)and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under). A clever storyline focussing on three criminals who are promised freedom if they do one more job for the big guys - showing that corruption exists at the top, and that a promise is not always a promise. The film borders on comedy, but overall is a great suspense drama. If you enjoy this, you will also enjoy "Two Hands" starring Heath Ledger and Bryan Brown - another fantastic Aussie film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2006
Format: DVD
Scott Roberts' first directorial effort "Hard Word" is a decent cops & robbers flick, made good because it is filled with humor and doesn't take itself seriously. Roberts who recently was used as a voice in the D.I.C.E. animae series does a pretty good job of keeping up the pace and the antics. Food poisoning and hiding the money in a cow give the film a quirky edge. Guy Pearce who has played in "The Count of Monte Cristo," "The Time Machine," & "Memento" does a good job as Dale Twentyman, the brains behind three brothers who excel at bank robberies. His heavy-set brother Mal is a nice guy who works as a butcher in the local prison. Although he hasn't does many films ("Josh Jarman" & "Horseplay"), Damian Richardson brings sweetness to the film, as when he falls for Pamela played by Kate Atkinson who was in "The Japanese Story" with Toni Collette. Joel Edgerton plays Shane, the brother with anger management issues, and has a thin trigger when it comes to going off half cocked. Edgerton has been in "Ned Kelly," "Kinky Boots," & "Open Window." In "The Hard Word" he seems to fall for the prison counselor Jane Moore played by Rondola Findleton ("Sugarland Factory"). Moore apparently has thin training and reveals much about her personal life and falls for Shane, eventually letting him suckle at her breast from a hospital bed. If the good guys are bank robbers, the bad guy is lawyer Frank Malone played by Robert Taylor who was an agent in "The Matrix." Taylor is slimy as Malone, but not memorable enough to really make us cheer when he bites the bullet. Dorian Nkono as the dyslexic triggerman Tarzan is funny as he misreads numbers and starts blowing people away, violating the hard word that no one gets hurt.

That said, the shining star of the film is Rachel Griffiths.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Wilson on April 17, 2006
Format: DVD
I've seen this film compared to "Ocean's Eleven" and I think the comparison is an insult to "The Hard Word".

While less stylized, and more conventional than "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels," Guy Ritchie fans will probably enjoy this movie.

There's plenty of Australian style dark humor (reminiscent of "Two Hands" and "Chopper") strewn throughout the film with solid performances from Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths. Overall, it's a lot less predicable than most of the "Heist" films of recent memory.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2004
Format: DVD
What I found increasingly frustrating about THE HARD WORD is the fact that, as the story progressed, I wanted to like the film. I've always thought the Guy Pearce was an actor just waiting for the right role, and he certainly did his part. And, with her winning performance on ME, MYSELF, AND I as well as HBO's stellar SIX FEET UNDER, who can't appreciate the beauty, grace, and talent of Rachel Griffiths? But, in the end, THE HARD WORD delivers the hard truth that films -- like armed robbery -- are not as easy as they might appear.
Pearce and friends star as professional armed robbers, but the paper thin plot makes professional robbery appear as simple as flipping burgers at the corner McDonald's. Having seen more than my fair share of heist and/or caper flicks, I can only assume that this is far from the reality. However, Pearce and his cohorts have been able to score big without ever (EVER!!!) hurting so much as a single person. As this one single plot element gets even more incredulous as the jobs grow in difficulty from beginning to end, the writing falls apart. The acting stays on par -- Pearce and Griffiths, especially, make the best of what they've been asked to do. Sadly, the script fails them miserably.
Still, THE HARD WORD is not a film one should feel guilty about watching or even enjoying. The editing is brisk and economical. There's rarely a dull moment. Some of the bit parts (the cute woman who drives the escaped cons halfway to Sydney) gets great mileage out of only a few lines. The ensemble delivers some nice acting and some solid laughs. Be forewarned, though: the packaging compares this film to THE ITALIAN JOB, and the only similarity I could find is the fact that both films were filmed in non-US countries.
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