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My Entire Life (1996)

Mr. Reliable (original title)
All Wally Mellish, an ex-convict in 1960s Australia, wants to do is live a quiet life with his girlfriend Beryl. Unfortunately when two police officers come around to disturb this, a ... See full summary »

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Nadia Tass
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Friels ... Wally Mellish
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Beryl Muddle
Ken Radley Ken Radley ... Mr. Morgan
Graham Rouse Graham Rouse ... Fred
Elaine Cusick Elaine Cusick ... Mrs. McIntyre
Jonathan Hardy ... Reverend McIntyre
Errol O'Neill Errol O'Neill ... Mr. Wilson
Susie Porter ... Fay
Rhys Kenny Rhys Kenny ... Leslie
Richard Kenny Richard Kenny ... Leslie
Benjamin Kenny Benjamin Kenny ... Leslie
Gerry Skilton Gerry Skilton ... Reggie Muddle
Terry Annesley Terry Annesley ... Wrecking Yard Owner
Anthony Simcoe ... Skinny Cop
John Batchelor ... Chubby Cop
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Storyline

All Wally Mellish, an ex-convict in 1960s Australia, wants to do is live a quiet life with his girlfriend Beryl. Unfortunately when two police officers come around to disturb this, a misunderstanding quickly becomes out of control, resulting Wally, Beryl and her child being trapped in their house, surrounded by armed police under the impression that Wally is holding everyone hostage. Events quickly spiral into a media circus as, through the siege, Wally - inadvertently - manages to become a symbol for the anti-war movement. Written by Scott Nisbet

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a sex scene involving teenagers | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1997 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

My Entire Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Trivia

Based on a true story. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1967. The Police Commissioner's car is a 1974 AMC (Rambler in Australia) Matador sedan. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Wally Mellish: I tell ya - it's a strange bloody country, Beryl.
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Only One Woman
Written by Barry Gibb / Maurice Gibb / Robin Gibb
Published by Gibb Brothers Music
Performed by The Marbles
Courtesy of PolyGram International B.V.
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Nonsense!
31 March 2015 | by claudius131See all my reviews

A highly fictionalized account of the actual events. For a start the actual siege was in winter in New South Wales, not summer in Queensland as filmed. Glenfield in 1968 was not a deserted dusty piece of industrial outback wasteland but a suburb of low rent fibros, side by side.

And there was no Hollywood style ending for the career criminal Mellish. He was not accepted by the Army but instead he was interned for a term in a psychiatric hospital. Soon after release he was jailed for 3 years for demanding money with menaces.

Beryl Muddle divorced him immediately and Mellish never saw her again.

So much for "this is a true story".

Talk about making a celluloid hero out of a total loser.


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