The Hard Word
|The Hard Word|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Scott Roberts|
|Produced by||Al Clark|
|Written by||Scott Roberts|
|Music by||David Thrussell|
|Cinematography||Brian J. Breheny|
|Edited by||Martin Connor|
|Distributed by||Roadshow Entertainment (Australia)
Lions Gate Entertainment (US)
|30 June 2002|
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 film is not well known, but for some is a major success for Australian cinema. The plot centers around three brothers, sophisticated armed robbers led by the shrewd Dale (Pearce) 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 (Griffiths) 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.
The Hard Word grossed $2,957,456 at the box office in Australia.
A few times Butcher talk ("Rechtub klat") is spoken. At those times hard coded subtitles are used.
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