Death in Brunswick (Nothing to Lose) (1990)





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Carl Fitzgerald (Sam Neill) is a shy, unassertive man, given to following orders from anyone around him who will take the trouble to boss him about, starting with his nagging mother. In this story, he is very much down on his luck and is forced to take a job as dishwasher in a Greek restaurant in Brunswick, his rundown neighborhood in Melborne. There, he swifly is hauled off to bed by an assertive young waitress. While he is with the girl, he accidentally kills his co-worker, a hysterically abusive and drug-dealing Turk, He calls on his old friend Dave for help in disposing of the man's body. The best solution Dave can come up with is to dump the body in another person's grave, but he manages to boss Carl around a lot in the process. And even Dave's wife gives Carl what-for, lambasting him for his overall uselessness. Somehow, despite his passivity, Carl manages to seem like the ultimate victor in all these confrontations. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Art House & International , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Sam Neill
as Carl Fitzgerald
Zoe Carides
as Sophie Papafogos
Yvonne Lawley
as Mrs. Fitzgerald
Nicholas Papademetriou
as Yanni Voulgaris
Denis Moore
as Catholic Priest
Nick Lathouris
as Mustafa
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Critic Reviews for Death in Brunswick (Nothing to Lose)

All Critics (4)

With its multicultural setting in suburban Melbourne, its contemporary tone and its snappy tone, Death in Brunswick is as fresh today as when it was made, with plenty of chuckles and some laugh-out-loud moments to cherish

Full Review… | November 16, 2007
Urban Cinefile

...coasts along on Neill's ample talent and charisma...

Full Review… | February 16, 2003
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Death in Brunswick (Nothing to Lose)

Margaret and David gave this 4.5 stars when it was released in 1990 and Stratton called Sam Neill's performance his best to date ( though it's a bit of a miscast really). This marks the first time I find myself baffled by the expertise of two of my favourite critics but I assume there weren't many indie black comedies going around Australian screens at the time, so fair enough. In fact, some say this was the very first one of them so I guess they had to welcome it! It's really cool to see old Brunswick on the big screen but maybe the novel is better than the film? Initially, it failed to get funding from the big agencies but it ended up clearing over $4M in box office sales. You would have thought this feat would have opened a few doors for more multicultural films since then, right? Oh, wait...

Héliø Leønardø
Héliø Leønardø

Not bad. Had actually never heard of this before, stumbled on it on tv. I agree with a previous reviewers opinion on the leading guy - definitely doesn't have the screen presence, as do some of the thugs. The character of Sophie is really good, though. I think she kept me watching. Slightly silly plot, but a few laughs and cringes. Glad I saw it.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Great black comedy about the problems of low-life pizza cook Sam Neill after an accident murder. Despite the occasional flash of wit - usually pretty tastless - Neill doesn't have what it takes to hold a comedy together. And sexy Australian-Greek actress Zoe Carides looks really hot as her character in this film.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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