The Hard Word (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hard Word (2003)



Critic Consensus: This caper flick lacks the originality necessary to elevate it above other films of its genre.

Movie Info

Three brothers who would argue that crime does pay have a hard time getting their fair share of the proceeds in this witty action thriller from Australia. Dale Twentyman (Guy Pearce) and his brothers, Mal (Damien Richardson) and Shane (Joel Edgerton), are serving time together in prison for robbery. Dale is the brains and the cool head of the group, Mal is the eager-to-please nice guy, and Shane is something of a loose cannon. Dale and his siblings are eager to get out of jail, and their lawyer, Frank Malone (Robert Taylor), has pulled a deal that could pare some time off their sentences, though the arrangement is strictly off the books. Mick Kelly (Vince Colosimo) and Jack O'Riordan (Paul Sonkkila) are a pair of crooked police detectives who have arranged with Malone to give the Twentyman brothers day passes from jail in order to pull bank robberies, with the siblings' share held in escrow until they're released. Dale thinks something a bit off in this operation, and his suspicions are confirmed when Malone tells the brothers after they're granted their early release that they won't get their money until they pull one last job -- an ambitious robbery at a Melbourne race track on the day of the nation's biggest horse race. Dale is convinced he smells a rat -- especially since he has good reason to suspect that Malone is having an affair with his wife, Carol (Rachel Griffiths). The Hard Word marked the directorial debut for writer/director Scott Roberts.more
Rating: R (for strong violence, laguage, sexuality and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Scott Roberts
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
Box Office: $0.4M
Lions Gate Distribution - Official Site


Guy Pearce
as Dale Twentyman
Rachel Griffiths
as Carol Twentyman
Joel Edgerton
as Shane Twentyman
Damien Richardson
as Mal Twentyman
Paul Sonkkila
as O'Riordan
Peter Regan
as Governor
Jason Gilchrist
as Weightlifter
Jasper Bagg
as Prisoner in Visiting...
Niniane Le Page
as Prisoner's Wife
Frank Kennedy
as Sick Prisoner
Tony Jones
as Newsreader
Mischelle Radford
as Waitress No. 2
Kerry Cole
as Norbert
Leanne McCulloch
as Massage Woman
Nash Edgerton
as Bank Guard
Aris Gounaris
as Hotel Security Guard
James Shaw
as Hotel Security Guard
James Charters
as Hotel Security Guard
Gary Rens
as Security Guard
Wasim Saba
as Security Guard
Phil Pollard
as Security Guard
Tahu Marumaru
as Security Guard
Marc Calderazzo
as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Hard Word

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (31)

It is at most a middling effort.

July 31, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The movie-jaded will dismiss The Hard Word as just another slick heist flick with a band of burglar buddies. Too bad for their cynical souls. They'll be missing a grand (theft) time.

Full Review… | July 31, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Roberts stuffs the film with clever twists that keep us one step behind the plot, which is where you want to be in a heist picture.

July 25, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Just when you think you've got it all figured out, there's another disorienting jolt.

Full Review… | July 17, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

'Amiable' is an odd way to describe a crime drama that contains wall-spattering amounts of bloodshed, but it fits The Hard Word.

Full Review… | July 8, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A Tarantino-esque mishmash of tough crime cliches spit out in Aussie accents.

July 8, 2003
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Hard Word


Watch this if ur into Snatch and Lock Stock style movies - this Aussie version is a great movie along those lines - and worth watching - If your aussie you'll get the jokes no problem.

Khris N

Super Reviewer

I can't really think of anything good to say about this flick other then the description sounded interesting & that's the only reason I picked it up at the local library.That & I didn't have to pay for it

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer


This one was interesting in a wierd way.I had to watch with the subtitles on even though they were speaking "english" ,as well as butcher's speak.It was fun trying to figure that out.Very fun movie and a nice twist on the end with the frankfurters.

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