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Romper Stomper

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1992
  • Geoffrey Wright
  • 88 mins
  • 18

Summary

Controversial Australian drama following a group of racist skinheads, starring Russell Crowe. In the aftermath of an attack on three Vietnamese youths in Melbourne, Hando, the neo-Nazi leader of a skinhead gang, meets Gabe, a young woman disenchanted with the world around her. The two form a bond, but as the violence around the group escalates so Gabe is increasingly drawn to Hando's lieutenant, Davey.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Russell Crowe stars as the leader of a racist gang that preys on Australia's immigrant population in writer/director Geoffrey Wright's unsettling portrait of neo-Nazi thugs. Unflinching in its depiction of the lifestyle of the protagonists, the film caused a Clockwork Orange-style controversy Down Under when it was released. Much of the film's power comes from the bruising, raw performances of Crowe (who went on to become a major Hollywood star with LA Confidential and Gladiator), best friend Daniel Pollock and lover Jacqueline McKenzie, who has even deeper psychological problems than the guys. Although some may find the violent subject matter a major turn-off, the stylised camerawork and pacey editing make this more than just an exercise in screen brutality.

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Credits

Cast

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HandoRussell Crowe
DaveyDaniel Pollock
GabeJacqueline McKenzie
MartinAlex Scott (2)
Sonny JimLeigh Russell
CacklesDan Wyllie
BubsJames McKenna
ChampEric Mueck
BrettFrank Magree

Crew

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DirectorGeoffrey Wright

Details

Released on
1993-02-26
Languages
English | German | Vietnamese | Japanese
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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