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They're a Weird Mob (1966)

Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousin's magazine, only to find that when he gets there the magazine's folded,... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Powell

Writers:

John O'Grady (novel) (as Nino Culotta), Emeric Pressburger (screenplay) (as Richard Imrie)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Chiari ... Nino Culotta
Claire Dunne Claire Dunne ... Kay Kelly
Chips Rafferty ... Harry Kelly
Alida Chelli Alida Chelli ... Giuliana
Ed Devereaux ... Joe Kennedy
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ... Pat
John Meillon ... Dennis
Charles Little Charles Little ... Jimmy
Anne Haddy Anne Haddy ... Barmaid
Jack Allen Jack Allen ... Fat Man in Bar
Red Moore Red Moore ... Texture Man
Ray Hartley Ray Hartley ... Newsboy
Tony Bonner ... Lifesaver
Alan Lander Alan Lander ... Charlie
Keith Peterson Keith Peterson ... Drunk Man on Ferry
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Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousin's magazine, only to find that when he gets there the magazine's folded, the cousins done a runner & the money his cousin sent for the fare was borrowed from the daughter of the boss of a local construction firm. So Nino tries to get a job & finishes up ... laying bricks. Nino works hard & makes friends with lots of locals, Nino & Kay argue a lot, Nino & Kay fall in love ... Kay takes Nino to meet 'Daddy' but daddy hates journalists, immigrants and bricklayers (he's now BOSS of a construction firm). Nino starts to win him over with his charm & determination to marry Kay. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The house that Joe and Edie lived in is located at, 9 Wallaringa Ave, Neutral Bay in Sydney. See more »

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Referenced in Jack Thompson live at the Gearin Hotel (2011) See more »

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Big Country
Words and Music by Rene Devereaux
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No we're not.
23 February 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This charming valentine to life in Australia in the 1960s and particularly in Sydney shows truly how good it is to live here.

Fortunately we are still not too far away from some of the Anglo working class types shown. It is only because the population has grown so much, particularly in Sydney since this time that 2004 is a difference in society. It was filmed just before the Vietnam War and recreational drug influx by US soldiers polluted Sydney morals and living standards, and on the verge of a huge American influence in advertising and consumer goods. Australia's immigrants were British and European up until that point. In the 80s there was a big rise in Arabic and Asian immigrants which has changed the face of Sydney literally.....but somehow the "Australian" sense of humor and egalitarian attitudes seen on this lovely film sort everyone out even today. The 2001 film DIRTY DEEDS is a good chaser to WEIRD MOB because it is set in 1969, and at the height of the American changes in Sydney.


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Language:

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Release Date:

13 October 1966 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Eles vão dar o que falar See more »

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Budget:

AUD600,000 (estimated)
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Williamson/Powell See more »
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1.85 : 1
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