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Chopper (2000)

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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Director:

Andrew Dominik

Writers:

Mark Brandon Read (books), Andrew Dominik
12 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Colosimo ... Neville Bartos
Eric Bana ... Chopper
Renée Brack Renée Brack ... Television Interviewer (as Renee Brack)
Gregory Pitt Gregory Pitt ... Prison Officer #1
Richard Sutherland ... Prison Officer #2
David Field ... Keithy George
Simon Lyndon Simon Lyndon ... Jimmy Loughnan
Dan Wyllie ... Bluey
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Kevin Darcy
Andrew Dunn Andrew Dunn ... Prison Officer #3
Caleb Cluff Caleb Cluff ... Detective Creswell
Hilton Henderson Hilton Henderson ... Detective Wyatt
Fred Barker Fred Barker ... Gov. Beasley
Alan Close Alan Close ... Medical Officer
Carl Price Carl Price ... Brunswick Court Judge
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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. Written by Anonymous

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"Beethoven had his critics too" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Chopper - A kegyetlen See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,044, 13 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$234,259, 22 July 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Cinevex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Well-known Australian singer/songwriter Billy Thorpe was strongly opposed to the use of his version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in the opening credits. The makers chose to use "Don't Fence Me In" instead. Interest in the writers of the latter song was increased substantially by the song's use over shots of a prison. See more »

Goofs

At Tanya's house you see the car lights are on as Chopper goes to her front door. When he comes back and beats the car in frustration - they are off. See more »

Quotes

Interviewer: You've written a best-seller...
Chopper: Yeah, I know - and I can't even bloody spell. What about those poor bloody academics, those college graduates, battling their guts out to write some airy-fairy piece of exaggerated artwork? And here's a bloke, sitting in a cell, who can't spell, and he's written a best-seller. It's sold two hundred and fifty thousand copies. And it's still selling. And he's writing another one. And I can't even spell. I'm semi-bloody-illiterate.
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Bad Boy for Love
Performed by Rose Tattoo
Written by Ian Rilen
(© 1977 J Albert & Son Pty Ltd)
Courtesy of Albert Productions
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Great acting by Eric Bana lifts this above your average gangster flick
7 February 2006 | by to_kill_betterSee all my reviews

I want to start by saying that I hate gangster movies. I thoroughly dislike being asked to identify with murderers and criminals and to treat organised criminals as "anti-heroes". With this in mind I was quite surprised to find that I really enjoyed "Chopper".

As previous reviewers have said, this is essentially a character study rather than a story. The reason it works so well is that Mark Brandon Read is a compelling character beautifully impersonated by Eric Bana. Anyone who's ever seen an interview with Read himself can appreciate what a close impersonation Bana achieves; his sudden guffawing laugh and light-hearted way of talking about his really unpleasant deeds being perfectly copied. The movie manages to do what I'm sure Read himself has achieved in real life - it tricks you into liking him before revealing that his hair-trigger temper and propensity for paranoia and violence make him a dangerous person to be around. The thing that keeps you watching is Chopper's jovial nature but also his unpredictability. In circumstances where other gangsters would have gone on a killing spree, Chopper just shrugs and takes it in his stride. But likewise, in throughly innocuous circumstances, his paranoia can kick in at any moment and send him on a violent outburst.


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