Dirty Deeds (2002)
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Directed by David Caesar, Dirty Deeds is an Australian crime picture inspired by real-life Sydney mobsters, and is set in the Sydney crime underworld of 1969. Bryan Brown stars as Barry Ryan, a prominent gangster whose ruthlessness rivals some of the toughest in the trade. He lives with his downbeat wife, Sharon (Toni Collette), and their son, but spends the majority of his time either with fellow mobsters or his mistress, Margaret (Kestie Morassi). Ryan's business is threatened when a Chicago Mafia boss dispatches two of his goons to scope out the poker machine scene for a potential takeover. Tony (John Goodman) and Sal (Felix Williamson), however, are lost when it comes to Australian culture, and stick out like a sore thumb. Negotiating with the Americans will be difficult enough for Barry, but the real blow comes when he learns that one of his own gang members has been deceitful. … More
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Deeds
A wild ride juiced with enough energy and excitement for at least three films.
Though perhaps a bit too overstuffed for such familiar fare, Dirty Deeds succeeds through sheer force of quirk and a seemingly endless supply of hyper-kinetic energy.
...[the film] works, due mostly to the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the screenplay.
In this film, Aussie David Caesar channels the not-quite-dead career of Guy Ritchie.
Writer/director David Caesar ladles on the local flavour with a hugely enjoyable film about changing times, clashing cultures and the pleasures of a well-made pizza.
With Dirty Deeds, David Caesar has stepped into the mainstream of filmmaking with an assurance worthy of international acclaim and with every cinematic tool well under his control -- driven by a natural sense for what works on screen.
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