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The Hard Word

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The Hard Word
Theatrical release poster
Directed byScott Roberts
Written byScott Roberts
Produced byAl Clark
StarringGuy Pearce
Rachel Griffiths
Robert Taylor
Joel Edgerton
CinematographyBrian J. Breheny
Edited byMartin Connor
Music byDavid Thrussell
Distributed byRoadshow Entertainment (Australia)
Lions Gate Entertainment (US)
Release date
  • 30 June 2002 (2002-06-30)
Running time
102 minutes
United Kingdom

The Hard Word (released in some regions as The Australian Job) is a 2002 Australian crime film about three bank-robbing brothers who are offered a role in a bold heist while serving time in prison. The film was written and directed by Scott Roberts, and stars Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths.



The plot centers around three brothers, sophisticated armed robbers led by the shrewd Dale who work with their long-time lawyer, Frank and corrupt police to pull off the biggest heist in Australian history. Matters become complicated when Dale begins to realize that while he's been in jail his wife, Carol has been sleeping with Frank, who has schemes of his own.

The major heist is a reworking of the 1976 Great Bookie Robbery, with a number of variations, including the murders of several people.[citation needed]

Box office[edit]

The Hard Word grossed $2,957,456 at the box office in Australia.[1]

Butcher talk[edit]

A few times Butcher talk ("Rechtub klat") is spoken.[2] At those times hard coded subtitles are used.


  1. ^ "Film Victoria – Australian Films at the Australian Box Office" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Behind that tray of snags, there's a rehctub talking backwards". 27 May 2002.

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