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Romper Stomper

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  • Shot in Eastmancolor. Originally released in theaters with an NC-17 rating. Nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards (the Australian equivalent of the Academy Awards). The film won Best Actor (Russell Crowe), Best Original Music, and Best Achievement in Sound. Responses to the film have differed widely, making it the subject of much controversy. Director Geoffrey Wright ostensibly refuses to take a moral stance on the neo-Nazi skinheads' behavior. But many critics feel that Wright--whether consciously or unconsciously--sympathizes with these characters and subtly pushes the audience to do the same. It is also felt that the film, which uses flashy camera techniques and propulsive music to tell its story, ends up aestheticizing the violence it portrays. Geoffrey Wright was formerly a film critic in Australia. Daniel Pollock, who plays Davey, committed suicide about a year prior to the film's U.S. release. Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification. Available to buy in the UK.
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    • Rating - brutality and violence, sexuality and language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2004807

  • Credits
    Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Pollock, Alex Scott, Dan Wyllie, Leigh Russell, James McKenna, Tri Phan
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Viscerally supercharged....[Crowe's portrayal] exudes an antiheroic charisma..."
    New York Times

    "...Few movies have shoved an audience so brutally into battle....Crowe makes a mesmerizing monster..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Dramatic....There's something touching in the very banality of the film's romantic rivalries..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Crowe dominates the screen..."
    Total Film

    "[T]he film succeeds in exploring an ugly world without being seduced by its inhabitants."
    Sight and Sound

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