The Cup (2011 film)
Theatrical film poster
|Directed by||Simon Wincer|
|Produced by||Jan Bladier
|Screenplay by||Eric O'Keefe
|Based on||2002 Melbourne Cup|
|Music by||Bruce Rowland|
The Cup is a 2011 Australian biographical film about the 2002 Melbourne Cup horse race and is directed by Simon Wincer. It is about Damien Oliver's victory in the 2002 Melbourne Cup. This was Bill Hunter's final film before his death.
- Brendan Gleeson as Dermot Weld
- Stephen Curry as Damien Oliver
- Daniel MacPherson as Jason Oliver
- Jodi Gordon as Trish Oliver
- Martin Sacks as Neil Pinner
- Shaun Micallef as Lee Freedman
- Bill Hunter as Bart Cummings (This was Bill Hunter's last film before he died of liver cancer aged 71 before the film was released)
- Colleen Hewett as Pat Oliver
- Tom Burlinson as Dave Phillips
The Cup received mixed to negative reviews, currently holding a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 26%.
Joe Leydon of Variety gave a positive review, saying "Although it canters down a well-trod path toward a predictable finish line, The Cup sustains interest through the smooth efficiency of its storytelling and the engaging performances of its lead players." Sandra Hall of the Sydney Morning Herald called it "a shamelessly old-fashioned picture but if you like horses and fancy cantering off into the land of wish-fulfilment for a couple of hours, why not?"
Luke Buckmaster of Crikey.com gave a negative review, saying "Director Simon Wincer was not the right person to avoid certain temptations, like dunking the audience's noggins into a honey pot of clichés." Mike McGranaghan of Aisle Seat thought the film was a "pleasant-enough viewing experience. At the same time, I was never as riveted as I have been by other, similarly-themed films. It makes you feel good without ever truly stirring the soul."
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