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Overall Rating
2.5

Awesome: 21.88%
Worth A Look: 6.25%
Average: 18.75%
Pretty Bad: 6.25%
Total Crap46.88%

2 reviews, 20 user ratings


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Nugget, The
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"The price of gold"
3 stars

In The Nugget, three laconic council workers (Eric Bana, Stephen Curry and Dave O’Neil) stumble across an enormous gold nugget.

The starting point for writer-director Bill Bennett (Kiss or Kill) was Steinbeck’s The Pearl, about a peasant fisherman whose discovery of a valuable pearl brings disaster to his family. But the story of three prospectors afflicted with gold fever can’t help but recall John Huston’s masterly The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Bogey’s avaricious madness. The comparison is not illuminative; these three blokes are too laid-back to get worked up about anything.

Bennett’s made a modest, amiable comedy with a dash of magic realism (Max Cullen as a grizzly, omniscient narrator). It coasts along on the smooth rapport of the three men and their wives (Belinda Emmett, Sallyanne Ryan, Karen Pang). The relaxed charisma of Eric Bana is a big bonus.

As a fable, The Nugget offers only the thinnest and most obvious of lessons. There’s a near-fatal lack of urgency; the three mates are a close-knit bunch, unlikely to disintegrate, and the villains are too over-the-top to pose a realistic threat. “Wacky” breakfast radio announcer Peter Moon is the greedy owner of a car wrecking yard and the normally reliable Vince Colosimo is an unlikely Eastern European entrepreneur, dripping in chains, who runs the local brothel.

It’s best to sit back, enjoy the occasional good-natured laugh and take in the scenery. Bennett filmed in Mudgee, and cinematographer Danny Ruhlmann bathes the picturesque town in a golden glow.

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User Comments

5/23/08 ipfreely Thats one fucked up movie, where was brett blowing the cast? 1 stars
5/27/06 sweetsville better than heaps of crap all the people that said this is crap are in to! 5 stars
11/15/05 Tim Irving This is one of me fav movies coz it's auzzie. 5 stars
1/14/05 Cato A nugget alright. Fresh from Bill Bennett's arse! 1 stars
10/03/04 Htur as an Australian, i have to say, I LOVE IT!!!, its funny and thats all that matters! 5 stars
8/31/04 andy this movie doesnt even deserve half a star 1 stars
8/30/04 Frekky Of hat i saw today, i think brett likes men in skirts, and small children to fondel & stalk 1 stars
8/21/04 K.Myott ok movie 2 stars
8/21/04 ih8brettjoseph brett jospeh is a total fag 1 stars
6/02/04 gpok gpo SHITE! 1 stars
4/06/04 Uni Girl I thought this film was an absolute classic. The way it showed Australians as we really are 5 stars
9/10/03 Laver As shit as shit can be? Who keeps giving Bill Bennett money? 1 stars
6/08/03 amanda great movie 5 stars
6/01/03 Long Thickdong Classic Aussie Flick. Very enjoyable! 4 stars
5/11/03 that dude oh yeah 2 stars
3/16/03 Kevin Dehn Hillarious!! 5 stars
3/09/03 Brett Joseph An Absolute Treasure to Bill & Jenny. You really are Mudgee's favourite daughter!! 5 stars
2/25/03 Mark Lawrence Jack Marx represents all I "hate" about arty-farty cinema critic wankers . 4 stars
1/29/03 fraz give a camera to a group of high school students. They'd have done a better job 1 stars
1/22/03 Pinkline Jones Absolute Bum Clag! The funders should be locked up. 1 stars
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  DVD: 12-Sep-2006

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Australia
  17-Oct-2002 (M)


Directed by
  Bill Bennett

Written by
  Bill Bennett

Cast
  Eric Bana
  Stephen Curry
  Dave O'Neil
  Belinda Emmett
  Peter Moon
  Vince Colosimo



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