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Stiff (2004)

Murray Whelan, a young political adviser to the Labor Minister for Ethnic Affairs, must play detective when he gets unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation. Based on a popular Australian series of detective books.

Director:

John Clarke

Writers:

John Clarke, Shane Maloney (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Wenham ... Murray Whelan
Mick Molloy ... Angelo Agnelli
Deborah Kennedy Deborah Kennedy ... Trish
Julian O'Donnell Julian O'Donnell ... Red Whelan
Robyn Butler ... Wendy Whelan
Darren Casey Darren Casey ... Ant
Sam Neill ... Lionel Merricks
Tamara Searle Tamara Searle ... Ayisha
Denis Moore Denis Moore ... Apps
Susie Dee Susie Dee ... Apps' Receptionist
George Prataris George Prataris ... Memo
Alan Brough Alan Brough ... McGuire
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Herb Gardiner
Sue Jones Sue Jones ... Woman Next Door
Ramez Tabit Ramez Tabit ... Sivan
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Murray Whelan, a young political adviser to the Labor Minister for Ethnic Affairs, must play detective when he gets unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation. Based on a popular Australian series of detective books.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2004 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Huntaway Films See more »
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Goofs

When Murray pokes a hole on his ceiling all the lights go out as he causes a short circuit and blows a fuse. However, a lamp in the corner remains on. This, though unlikely, is possible as the lamp would run off the power circuit on the house rather than the lighting circuit. See more »

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Followed by The Brush-Off (2004) See more »

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bor-ring
21 June 2004 | by vladimir-137See all my reviews

Wenham is excruciating: the man can't act, he can only inflect his voice affectedly. Steve Bracks gave a better performance; at least he didn't say anything, which was an improvement on Wenham.

The script is excruciating: talk, talk, talk, and all the 'jokes' unfunny.

The mystery is about up to the standard of a sub-par episode of Scooby Doo; why didn't someone call the cops?, who would have solved the crime in less time than this telemovie takes.

Typical of Australian television that we have to have a fake show of multiculturalism from an entirely Anglo project, in which even the Turkish love-interest girl is played by an Anglo actress. (Couldn't have had Wenham falling for a *real* Turkish girl, of course!)

This crock belonged on the ABC (government television). Nuff said.


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