The Efficiency Expert (1992)

The Efficiency Expert

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Also released as Spotswood, The Efficiency Expert stars Anthony Hopkins as Wallace, a cold-blooded management consultant, infamous for radically "downsizing" every firm he comes in contact with. Wallace's latest assignment is to streamline a small, family-owned shoe factory in Australia. As he gets to know the eccentric (and endearingly inefficient) factory workers, Wallace undergoes a slow-but-sure "humanizing" process. Eventually realizing that he can simultaneously cut costs and preserve the … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Max Dann, Andrew Knight
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On DVD: Feb 6, 2007
Runtime:
Miramax

Cast


as Errol Wallace

as Mr. Ball

as Jerry Finn

as Cheryl Ball

as Wendy Robinson

as Kim Barry

as Gordon

as Frank Fletcher

as Marvin

as Frank Fletcher

as Salesman 1

as Wendys Father

as Union Official

as Executive 1
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Critic Reviews for The Efficiency Expert

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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The eccentricities of the characters and the nostalgia emanating from the wonderfully evocative production design by Chris Kennedy all add up to a charming film of considerable entertainment value. It is a minor classic of Australian cinema.

Full Review… | August 11, 2007
Urban Cinefile

This is a minor comedy, in the style of Ealing films from the 1950s, of the little man against the bureaucrats.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for The Efficiency Expert

"An everyday story about loyalty, betrayal, lust and footwear."

The Efficiency Expert is an extremely lame movie on most levels. It has a few things going for it, like Anthony Hopkins who is really good and Russell Crowe in a very early and small role. It's easy to see why I had never heard of this film before. It's pretty unlikable. The characters outside of Hopkins' are terrible, the story is a mess, and it's all rather dull, weird and for long periods, extremely boring. The only thing that keeps it going is Hopkins.

Errol Wallace is an efficiency expert who goes into businesses that are failing and figures out what they need to do to start making money again. Most the time, that means downsizing. The main story is Wallace going to a Moccasin factory, where the owner is very loyal to his employees. Then there's little love stories going on and a side story with Wallace and his partner getting backlash for firings at another factory.

The Efficiency Expert isn't worth the short hour and twenty nine minute runtime, unless you're like me and just want to see everything Anthony Hopkins has ever done. If you're not a completist, then this is definitely one to skip. 

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Melvin White

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Pretty lame for a film that had some top notch familiar faces in their earlier careers. Such a waste...but I guess that they had to start somewhere.

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Cynthia S.

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