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Chopper (2000)

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Release Date
 USA: Apr 13, 2001
 UK: 24 Nov 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 13, 2001
 R2: 12 Mar 2001

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Running Time
1 hour, 34 minutes

Country Australia

Studio Australian Film Finance Corporation, Mushroom Pictures, Pariah Films

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Prison, Black Comedy, Murder, True Story, Biography, Disturbing, Revenge, Kidnapping

Tagline: Never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn.

Plot: Australian comedian Eric Bana is Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his best-selling autobiography, FROM THE INSIDE, while serving a murder sentence in prison. Beginning in the blue-washed light of a maximum security Melbourne prison, Chopper establishes his dominance with the impulsive knifing of a fellow prisoner. Vaccillating between violence and regret, Chopper apologizes to his victim, but his good mate Jimmy (Simon Lyndon) later retaliates against Chopper in an excruciating contract stabbing, rife with sexual tension. Finally released from prison, the heavily-tattooed Chopper has lost the better part of both of his ears, as well as the ability to make any distinction between his own made-up stories and reality. At a nightclub with his prostitute girlfriend, Tanya (Kate Beahan), he runs into Neville (Vince Colosimo), an old victim who limps from the attack but glitters in drug-funded gold. In his paranoia, Chopper connects rumors of a new contract on his life to Neville, Tanya, and his old mate Jimmy, to whom he pays a visit and discovers a man rotting from drug abuse. Alternately wickedly funny and grotesque, CHOPPER gives no easy answer to the question of Chopper Read's motives, but his method is clear, "Ya bash people for no reason, just to get a name

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 Directed by
Andrew Dominik
The Demolished Man, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
 Written by
Mark Brandon Read
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Andrew Dominik
The Demolished Man, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Eric Bana
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Simon Lyndon
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David Field
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Daniel Wyllie
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Bill Young
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Vince Colosimo
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Kenny Graham
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 Music By
Mick Harvey
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