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Crackerjack (2002)

When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle ... See full summary »

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Paul Moloney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mick Molloy ... Jack Simpson
Bill Hunter ... Stan Coombs
Frank Wilson ... Len Johnson
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ... Eileen
John Clarke ... Bernie Fowler
Lois Ramsey ... Gwen
Samuel Johnson ... Dave Jackson
Judith Lucy ... Nancy Brown
Cliff Ellen Cliff Ellen ... Norm
Bob Hornery Bob Hornery ... Ron
Peter Aanensen Peter Aanensen ... Edgar
Esme Melville Esme Melville ... Mrs. Jenkins
John Flaus ... Cliff Carew
Lois Collinder Lois Collinder ... Joyce
Paul McCarthy Paul McCarthy ... Barry
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Storyline

When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle where young meets old, greed meets good and people rise to the occasion in extraordinary circumstances. Written by Anonymous

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It's on for young and old

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Comedy

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Anh Chàng Cu Khôi See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,716,882
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the "stoned old people" scene, one of the old men says (off camera) "I'd kill for an Iced-VoVo." This was originally said by a character in Mick Molloy's radio program named Norm who was 85 and still "pulling them". See more »

Goofs

The 'Flipper', where the bowl curves in both directions, is utterly impossible. See more »

Quotes

Stan Coombs: [introducing Nance] Her name's Nance. In case your interested?
Jack Simpson: Am not, I've got a girlfriend.
Mandy: [walks in angrily] No you don't!
Jack Simpson: Mandy, what are you doing here?
Mandy: Returning your things.
[throws a pack of cigarettes into Jack's hands, Stan laughs]
Jack Simpson: [shouting to Mandy] Better all be here!
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Connections

References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Reckless
Performed by James Reyne and Australian Crawl
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A cracker of a film!
15 November 2002 | by scotti2hottiSee all my reviews

When I saw the trailer for Crackerjack, I thought this film was going to be an absolute shocker. How wrong was I? This is such an exquisite piece of Australiana. It's as if a time capsule was dug up from a bygone era and inside was this film. The true stars of Crackerjack are not Mick Malloy or Judith Lucy but a cavalcade of veteran Australian actors, brought back to cinematic life. A bit like Wim Wenders bringing back to life the ageing musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club. Where the comedy of 'The Nugget' failed to deliver, 'Crackerjack' more than succeeds. "Can I fix you a Radox bath champ?" This is just one dialogue related example of how engagingly Australian this film is. And you have to love the modern technology that is 'Bowl-cam'. The sound of the ball cutting through the manicured lawn and the camera following every movement of the ball is truly hypnotic.

'Crackerjack' is not aimed at mocking the ways of the elderly. Lawn bowls is more than sport. It's about friendships, a sense of community and values that now have probably escaped modern day society. It's also about tomato sandwiches, beer at genuine 1976 prices and helping yourself to the wheel of cheese! 'Crackerjack' takes aim at big business, which is squeezing out smaller clubs with the introduction of poker machines and the social and financial impact it's having on the elderly. There are so many things to be gained from seeing this film. Jack highly recommended!


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