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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
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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"When they shoot me, I hope they get my good side" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Chopper See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,044, 15 April 2001

Gross USA:

$236,185

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$236,185
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Cinevex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Brandon Read suggested that Eric Bana play Chopper, after seeing him in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal (1993). See more »

Goofs

Despite having his right ear cut off in prison, Chopper's right ear remains visibly intact throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Chopper: [after viciously stabbing Keithy George multiple times in the face and neck] I think I put me shoulder out.
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Featured in 20 to 1: Movie Heroes & Villains (2007) See more »

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Forever Now
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Written by Steve Prestwich
(© 1982 Big Bang Music Publishing Pty Ltd)
All rights administered by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd)
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Bravura Film Making - With Aussies!!!!!
11 November 2002 | by henfishSee all my reviews

Mark Brandon Read (Bana) gains a fierce reputation as a hard man [and the sobriquet: Chopper] as a consequence of 'hitting people just to get himself a name'. A very accurate observation even if 'Chopper' himself maintains his only victims are 'low-life drug dealers' and their ilk.

Excellent example of film as story telling. I saw this 'indie' film on the same weekend as A Beautiful Mind and, my God, the lessons that shambles could have taken from this. Chopper is economically and crisply written with the sweetest doses of irony; marvellously directed with a plethora of techniques that only ever serve the film and it's grossly engrossing story and acted by an ensemble high on talent and clearly working for one another. Bana is a stand-out as the bright, troubled and dangerous hard man making a pathetic journey to emotional as well as physical incarceration; walking a dramatic tight-rope of comedian/homicidal-maniac as he does so with admirable skill and thoroughly believable integrity. Worth viewing by anyone who thinks they like all the ingredients of film and art to come together in the same project. Not worth viewing by anybody who thought the same things came together in A Beautiful Mind!


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