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      Death in Brunswick

      R 1990 1 hr. 49 min. Comedy List
      67% 6 Reviews Tomatometer 61% 500+ Ratings Audience Score A reserved man in need of a job, Carl Fitzgerald (Sam Neill) finds employment at a Greek restaurant. Upon meeting waitress Sophie (Zoe Carides), Carl begins dating the attractive woman. Though it seems things are improving for Carl, an unexpected situation leads to the death of Mustafa (Nick Lathouris), a shady coworker, and Carl must figure out how to cover up the incident. Unsure of what to do, Carl enlists the help of his buddy, Dave (John Clarke), to get rid of Mustafa's corpse. Read More Read Less

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      John D It's No.1 appeal for me is it gently holds your attention right through. Kind of like watching a slow moving car wreck. As Mr. Spock would say, Fascinating. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Made in 1990 and expired a few years later. Dated, shoddy and a disorderly finale. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Margaret and David gave this 4.5 stars when it was released in 1990 and Stratton called Sam Neill's performance his best to date ( though it's a bit of a miscast really). This marks the first time I find myself baffled by the expertise of two of my favourite critics but I assume there weren't many indie black comedies going around Australian screens at the time, so fair enough. In fact, some say this was the very first one of them so I guess they had to welcome it! It's really cool to see old Brunswick on the big screen but maybe the novel is better than the film? Initially, it failed to get funding from the big agencies but it ended up clearing over $4M in box office sales. You would have thought this feat would have opened a few doors for more multicultural films since then, right? Oh, wait... Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member The films settings are rather entertaining but the plot and direction is a bit far fetched to fathom. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a Pre DNA evidence, Pre Pauline Hanson grave farce that doesn't put a foot wrong. Despite being a devoted Withnail geek, I'd have to place this as my favourite cult comedy of all time. You can almost smell Sydney Rd !1990 and the mullets have just morphed from being fashionable 80's hairdos to being well.... mullets. Sam Neil's Cal is the archetypical Aussie slacker you'd have found at the time at the Exeter on Rundle St, in Freo, or at the Punter's on Brunswick St. Boyd Oxlade, and John Ruane wrote their slacker comedy before Linklater ,et al,got around to calling it an Indie genre in the US ! With it's cast of Turks, Kiwis and Greek Aussies this was an Australian film in the very best sense. Neill, Carides, Clarke and the whole supporting cast are excellent. For all of us wannabe bohemians this classic shall never date. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Black humour comedy that was good. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Robert Faires Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Grant Watson Fiction Machine The film may involve matters of life and death, but it involves them in a very relaxed and understated way. Rated: 7/10 Sep 3, 2019 Full Review Vanessa Letts The Spectator [A] Coke-and-popcorn black comedy. I quite liked it. Quite. Jul 25, 2018 Full Review Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile With its multicultural setting in suburban Melbourne, its contemporary tone and its snappy tone, Death in Brunswick is as fresh today as when it was made, with plenty of chuckles and some laugh-out-loud moments to cherish Nov 17, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 12, 2005 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...coasts along on Neill's ample talent and charisma... Rated: 2/4 Feb 16, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A reserved man in need of a job, Carl Fitzgerald (Sam Neill) finds employment at a Greek restaurant. Upon meeting waitress Sophie (Zoe Carides), Carl begins dating the attractive woman. Though it seems things are improving for Carl, an unexpected situation leads to the death of Mustafa (Nick Lathouris), a shady coworker, and Carl must figure out how to cover up the incident. Unsure of what to do, Carl enlists the help of his buddy, Dave (John Clarke), to get rid of Mustafa's corpse.
      Director
      John Ruane
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English