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Based on the writings of Australian author Mark "Chopper" Read, a real-life criminal who recounts his misdeeds (including the severing of his own ears to win release) in books with titles like How to Shoot Friends and Influence People, Chopper is a stomach-churning spectacle from which you cannot pull away. In the opening scene of Andrew Dominik's vicious first film, Chopper jabs a man's face full of holes with pliers and proceeds to offer him a cigarette while he lies bleeding to death on a prison floor; contrite but obviously mad, he then asks sincerely, "You don't like me much, do you?" Somehow it's grotesquely funny. Shooting in bleached-out blue prison cells and corrosively lit nightclubs and flats, Dominik sets a spare stage for the film's true revelation, standup comic Eric Bana's explosive debut. Reminiscent in scale of Russell Crowe's first lead outing as a sadistic skinhead in Romper Stomper, Bana's performance is at turns fearsome, hilarious, and mesmerizing. --Fionn Meade

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  • Color
  • DTS Surround Sound
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby


Eric BanaMark Brandon 'Chopper' Read
Simon LyndonJimmy Loughnan
David FieldKeithy George
Dan WyllieBluey
Bill YoungDetective Downie
Vince ColosimoNeville Bartos
Kate BeahanTanya

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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Andrew Dominik
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 94 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 11, 2001
    EuropeNov 24, 2000
    AustraliaAug 3, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 13, 2001
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