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Australia 1979
Directed by
Bruce Beresford
92 minutes
Rated R

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3 stars

Money Movers

At a time when Australian film was mainly identified with tasteful historical dramas Money Movers was atypical (although director and scriptwriter Beresford was responsible for 1977's The Getting of Wisdom he also helmed the intentionally low-brow Barry McKenzie films) and was both critically and commercially neglected.

Adapting a novel itself based on real events, by former security guard, Devon Minchin about a series of heists at a Sydney security company, it is in the '50s American B-grade tradition of films such as Armored Car Robbery (1950) but with a distinctly Australian rough edge about it in all respects. For all its lack of sophistication evident especially in the at-times awkward dialogue and performances the cracking pacing makes it engaging stuff
Starring many of the big names of 1970s television such as Tony Bonner, Candy Raymond, Terry Donovan and an up-and-coming Bryan Brown and with an unusually prominent role for Ed Devereaux as the ex-cop seeking redemption, it is a grittily realistic film that will please fans of the genre.




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