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Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »

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Rowan Woods

Writers:

Gordon Graham (play), Stephen Sewell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Wenham ... Brett Sprague
Toni Collette ... Michelle
Lynette Curran ... Sandra Sprague
John Polson ... Glenn Sprague
Anthony Hayes ... Stevie Sprague
Jeanette Cronin ... Jackie
Anna Lise Phillips ... Nola (as Anna Lise)
Pete Smith ... George (Abo)
Sal Sharah Sal Sharah ... Nick
Lawrence Woodward Lawrence Woodward ... Jailer
Peter Hehir Peter Hehir ... Graham Newman
Andrew Heys Andrew Heys ... Sparrow
Teo Gebert ... Policeman
Anthony Kierann Anthony Kierann ... Policeman
Stephen Leeder Stephen Leeder ... Commissioner
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Storyline

Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day will not end well. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Chlopcy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,146
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Toni Collette actually grew up in the rough Sydney suburbs where the film is set. See more »

Goofs

Around 30 minutes in, Stevie pulls a cigarette from a packet and sticks it in his mouth twice within a matter of seconds. See more »

Connections

References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »

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Brett as a superior character.
20 April 1999 | by TullSee all my reviews

Some people argue that Brett is a prisoner in his own home. I argue that Brett is a prisoner of social-class, but he is superior in this class. He is a God-like figure who ignores his Mother's authority. He is frequently placed with lights above his head, symbolic of a halo and heavenly presence. In fact, Brett even goes so far as to say that 'we are all Gods in our own world'. Brett is not imprisoned in his home. Rather, he is imprisoned by his social-class location. In this social class he is superior. He is a God in his own world rather than a prisoner.


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