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Dirty Deeds (2002)
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by Scott Weinberg

"Heavy on the style, light on the substance. Fun throughout."
4 stars

Take a healthy dose of Quentin Tarantino, mix it with a few generous portions of Guy Ritchie, add a dash of Norman Jewison, and cook the whole thing on an Australian barbecue. The resulting concoction is the plainly familiar yet still quite tasty "Dirty Deeds", courtesy of the clearly "inspired" writer/director David Caesar.

The setting is 1960's Sydney and the rascally Barry Ryan runs a rather profitable slot machine racket, a scenario sent into serious disarray with the arrival of a few low-rent thugs from America.

Heists piles upon twists with double-crosses as Caesar employs a jump-cut narrative and frequent flourishes of whirly-bird camera techniques. Colorful characters pour out of the woodwork, all of whom speak in the brisk, slang-laden style so popular in today's crime movies. Dirty Deeds may not be anything new, but it sure isn't boring either.

Lead Bryan Brown (F/X) is clearly in his element as a sleazy shark, and he receives capable support from the likes of John Goodman (as an affable mafia henchman), Toni Collette (as Ryan's no-bullshit spouse) and the always slick Sam Neill as a devious cop on the take.

Though perhaps a bit too overstuffed for such familiar fare, Dirty Deeds succeeds through sheer force of quirk and a seemingly endless supply of hyper-kinetic energy. Caesar does manage to go overboard from time to time (what's with the poop gags?) and perhaps 'borrows' a bit too much from his crime-time inspirations, but the end result is a fun little movie that works mainly because it never slows down.

At least the crime-flick retreads from across the pond are a vast improvement over the crime-flick retreads we get from the local guys.

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originally posted: 05/12/04 20:06:31
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User Comments

4/02/08 charles really nice movie... watch it and you will not regret! 5 STARS - Awesome 5 stars
8/19/05 Shelly great cinematograpy and characterization, a bit predictable 4 stars
5/19/05 ABomb Who is Caesar blowing? How does he keep getting money? All his films are flops! And suck. 1 stars
4/04/05 John Bale True blue Ocka comedy thriller, Brown in top form has a ball. Goodman not far behind. 4 stars
1/14/05 Lance So the big climax is...some pigs being shot? David Caesar is our worst director, bar none. 1 stars
11/02/04 CraigA I've been away from Oz since 1967 and the film's period detail is spot on 4 stars
10/23/04 LilyM So dull I couldn't follow most of it. Picks up towards the end though. 2 stars
8/07/04 A.J. Stanson Fun, although instantly forgetable 4 stars
11/17/03 Corky An odd blend of humor and violence; enjoyable but instantly forgettable. 3 stars
10/02/03 b b 5 stars
8/04/03 Steve H A great movie, although many non-aussies may not be able to fully appreciate it!! 5 stars
1/22/03 Pinkline Jones Bryan Brown Bores us to sleep at the Bourbon and Beef 1 stars
1/16/03 John Bale Homegrown "Cinema Noir" this gritty Aussie crime drama with a sense of humour. Brown great! 4 stars
11/02/02 John Boxall A fine movie 5 stars
10/27/02 Philip Nice bit of Aussie retro, even if a bit predictable. Good to see Bryan Brown back. 4 stars
9/22/02 Vincent Mancini An okay movie with an overly happy ending 4 stars
8/29/02 Dean Slow and boring. Enficising the aussie accent, was way over the top. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Aug-2002

UK
  N/A

Australia
  18-Jul-2002


Directed by
  David Caesar

Written by
  David Caesar

Cast
  Bryan Brown
  Toni Collette
  John Goodman
  Sam Neill
  Sam Worthington
  Kestie Morassi



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