Monday, 23 September 2013

The Nugget Review (Updated)








The Nugget


Release Date: 17th October 2002 - Australia


Production Companies
Australian Film Finance Corporation
(presents)
Macquarie Film Corporation (presents)
Showtime Australia (in association with)
Overseas FilmGroup
B.J. Films

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 97 minutes


Budget: A$500,000
(approximately)

Box Office Gross: $1,920,993
(Australia)


Plot Summary
Lotto, Wookie and Sue 
are three council road 
workers who decide 
to try their hand on 
prospecting. When 
they discover the 
world's largest gold 
nugget, their small 
town world is turned 
upside down. If they 
thought roadwork was 
messy business, they're 
soon to discover it's 
hard work being filthy
rich! 


Cast
Eric Bana - Lotto
Stephen Curry - Wookie
Dave O'Neil - Sue
Belinda Emmett - Cheryl
Peter Moon - Ratner
Vince Colosimo - Dimitri
Max Cullen - Wally
Alan Brough - Jurgen
Karen Chang - Moon Choo
Chris Haywood - Doug
Jean Kittson - Joyce

Crew
Writer/Producer/Director - Bill Bennett
Casting/Producer - Jennifer Bluff
Executive Producer - Richard Sheffield
Production Designer - Nicholas McCallum
Costume Designer - Louise Wakefield
Director of Photography - Danny Ruhlmann
Film Editor - Henry Dangar
Music - Nigel Westlake


Review
This is a splendid movie that is literally "comedy gold". THE NUGGET is quick to generate uproarious laughter and amuses audiences through expressing the satirical humour and typical stereotypes of working class blokes who have just hit the jackpot with a big gold nugget. This film engages people with a premise of struggles and conflict of greed and selfishness over who's going to capture this wealth and publicity. This picture was shot in Mudgee, a small local town in a part of New South Wales. The deliverance of this movie contains skilful performers shown noticeably like Eric Bana who is too good for his taste of the performing arts and evidently he's the only actor who has made it to Hollywood as a global-international superstar. It's also his last movie role when before he moved away from the Australian cinema business.

It is just a reflection of how Australia keeps showing parts of its culture like prospecting gold, I probably put it in my perspective that THE NUGGET is a commendable cult comedy that gains appreciation from Aussies like myself and it's sincerely a journey of full fun and laughs. Don't be discouraged by what other people say about it, as this is an underrated hit that you need to watch for yourself to judge and appreciate.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever





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