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The Hard Word (2003)

Guy Pearce , Rachel Griffiths , Scott Roberts  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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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: #69,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hard Word" on IMDb

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

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a remake of Ocean's 11! March 4, 2004
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Australian Films are great May 4, 2003
By William
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Good Word about The Hard Word June 12, 2006
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars The Hard Truth February 15, 2004
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
This was pretty lame. Not the best transitions story line was all over.
Published 2 months ago by D-time
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Okay movie
Published 2 months ago by Annette Berzinskas
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price when it's free
Slow getting started. Plot line is thin and stretches credibility at times. Good time waster if you don't have anything better to do. But don't pay good money for this.
Published 3 months ago by 38ChevyGuy
2.0 out of 5 stars Had potential but missed the mark
The story line had potential, but it was so long getting there I just wanted it over. It's a don't bother kinda movie.
Published 4 months ago by Sunshine
2.0 out of 5 stars viewable
It was OK. Had its comical moments. Worth watching when you're really bored and absolutely have nothing to do for the duration of the movie.
Published 5 months ago by johan
5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie crime movie is good
Saw this late night Cinemax years ago and loved it immediately . Recognized Guy Pearce from Ravenous so decided to give it a's good , really good . Read more
Published 5 months ago by Raddamanthus
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a must see for me
What might have made for a decent book was put to the screen in a hard to follow script. A few fair actors tried to uphold the thing but let me down anyway. Suit yourself.
Published 6 months ago by BILL
4.0 out of 5 stars Guy Pearce.....always spot on... a talented cameleon...
Criminals - smart and good looking criminals. Deceit - betrayal.
Everyone on the edge of explosion. Nice tightly wound plot - great acting.
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Published 7 months ago by Jinka1950
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Word
I thought this movie was pretty entertaining. I kept getting pissed off at the lawyer, but in the end, well let's just say it is a priceless ending.
Published 9 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars This film surprised me
Since I had not heard anything about this film prior to watching it, it was a pleasant surprise. I recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by Maxine G King
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