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    The Hard Word - 06/13

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    The Hard Word (2003)

    Synopsis: Three prisoners are about to be released on bail--Dale, Mal and Shane--the Twentyman brothers. Hard experience and an unspoken bond of family have made them masters of their craft--armed robbery. Itís a job and they do it because theyíre good at it. Their only rule is, no one gets hurt. Keeping the wheels of crime turning is their long-time criminal lawyer, Frank Malone, who combines flashy arrogance with a complete disregard for the proper process of the law. Frankís network of contacts enables him to play the brothers and the system to perfection. But success has clearly gone to his head when he starts screwing Daleís wife, Carol. Dazzled by her physical attractiveness, Frank has severely underestimated the brain beneath the blonde hair. Carol is one of lifeís greatest operators and she is determined to get whatís hers. The brothers are out on bail, only long enough to do one job before they are back behind bars because of a problem with the "paperwork." Of course Frank will get them out of jail, but thereís a catch. They must do a really big job--if it is to be their last. Daleís festering suspicion about Frankís motives, and a severe bout with food poisoning, create an impossible situation leading up to a multi-million dollar heist. The job is to take place in Melbourne. To the displeasure of the three brothers, Frank has lined-up some local criminals to work with them. Up against the wall and with no way out, the guys proceed with the ambitious robbery, despite some dark misgivings. When it all goes wrong, the brothers discover the full extent of Frankís treachery as they make a desperate escape from the surrounding havoc. Breaking free of Melbourne in a hijacked car, the brothers have plenty of time to think as they drive the long road back to Sydney. Although they have the money, they know Frank will not be far behind. And he isnít--and neither is Carol.

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    Genre(s): Comedy, Crime Rating: MPAA R Runtime: 102 mins. Theatrical Release: 06/13/2003

    Cast & Role
    Rachel Griffiths - Carol
    Guy Pearce - Dale
    Robert Taylor - Frank
    Damien Richardson - Mal
    Joel Edgerton - Shane
    Vince Colosimo - Kelly
    Rhondda Findleton - Jane
    Greg Fleet - Tony

    Crew & Credit
    Scott Roberts - Director
    Al Clark- Producer

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    Sounds interesting. I would'nt have thought it was also a comedy. Will probably watch it on video, though.

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    Yeah, I know what you mean about the "comedy" label there Wolf. I was reading the description and the writer made us think it was some kind of intense drama/thriller. That comedy label stuck out like a sore thumb. I would be interested to hear from someone who has seen this.
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