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The Efficiency Expert (1992)

Spotswood (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 6 November 1992 (USA)
An expert on productivity shows wacky workers in 1966 Australia how to run their moccasin factory like clockwork, despite laying off more than half the workforce.

Director:

Mark Joffe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Errol Wallace
Ben Mendelsohn ... Carey
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Mr. Ball
Bruno Lawrence ... Robert, Carey's Father
John Walton John Walton ... Jerry Finn
Rebecca Rigg ... Cheryl Ball
Toni Collette ... Wendy Robinson
Russell Crowe ... Kim Barry
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Caroline Wallace
Dan Wyllie ... Frank Fletcher
John Flaus ... Gordon
Gary Adams Gary Adams ... Kevin
Jeff Truman ... Ron
Toni Lamond Toni Lamond ... Mrs. Lorna Ball
Jillian Murray ... Ophelia, Carey's Mom (as Jillian Murray)
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Storyline

Errol Wallace (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems to be from another era, Errol has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is confronted by the human faces such plans hurt. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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An everyday story about loyalty, betrayal, lust and footwear. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and brief mild violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Efficiency Expert See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,776, 8 November 1992

Gross USA:

$179,469

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,469
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie has also been released under the title "Spotswood", the name of the Melbourne suburb in which this movie is set. See more »

Goofs

Carey walks past two railway carriages with the word 'VLine' on them. VLine is the trading name of the State Transport Authority. It was formed in 1983 when the Victorian Railways was split into two organisations. However the film is set in the 1960s and Vline did not exist at this time. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Wallace: [about his factory client] How's the new place?
Wallace: Oh, its strange. It's like visiting my grandfather's house and finding it full of people.
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Crazy Credits

The 1960s in Australia were a period of great upheaval, followed by downheaval and, eventually, heaval. Presiding over this indecision were great experts such as Errol Wallace and Jerry Finn. They were efficiency consultants. See more »

Connections

References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Baby
Written by Bruce Channel (as B Channel) and Margaret Cobb (as M Cobb)
Performed by The La De Das
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The Deficiency Expert
9 June 2017 | by lgalarno97See all my reviews

The Efficiency Expert is a very average film, and had much potential. However, it did not meet up to what it could have been. A feel good comedy, which stirs a warm feeling in the beginning, but rather boring as it progresses. Several well known actors star in this film, Anthony Hopkins, Russell Crowe, Ben Mendelson, and Toni Collette, which is possibly enough to stir an interest in this movie. But it can be assured, your attention may drift, and it would not be worth your time.

It's not that difficult to understand because it is Australian, but just hard to keep your eyes open. Using several tropes and following two characters, it was easy to follow but rather a bore. The acting was good, the dialogue was fine. However, it was hard to take a liking to any of the main characters, Mr Wallace or Carey, the visual aesthetic was nothing special, and the plot was remarkably weak. The meaning of the film, is relevant in society, but it did not have impact. The tropes on love and decisions made the film predictable.

The film had potential, but could have been a lot stronger. I would not recommend to anyone unless someone has some time and are okay with being bored a little, or is eager to see a average Aussie movie with some familiar names.


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