The Nugget

The Nugget 2002

Lotto, (ERIC BANA - Chopper, Black Hawk Down), Wookie, (STEPHEN CURRY - The Castle, Changi) and Sue (DAVE O'NEIL - Australia's favourite stand-up comic) are three council road workers who decide to try their hand at prospecting. When they discover the world's…
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Lotto, (ERIC BANA - Chopper, Black Hawk Down), Wookie, (STEPHEN CURRY - The Castle, Changi) and Sue (DAVE O'NEIL - Australia's favourite stand-up comic) are three council road workers who decide to try their hand at 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!

From BILL BENNETT, the director of "Kiss and Kill" and "Spider and Rose", and also starring BELINDA EMMETT, VINCE COLOSIMO, PETER MOON, CHRIS HAYWOOD, and MAX CULLEN, this little Aussie gem is more than worth its weight in gold.

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  • I don't recall selecting this movie, as I have seen it before. However a notification was sent to me that it is on it's way...... Can this be cancelled??

  • A good funny Aussie movie. I liked it!

  • A lot of fun in the film, and good for some laughs.

    Rob
  • I have enjoyed this movie on several occasions it covers struggles, greed, happiness etc etc ... an aussie classic .. Love Eric Bana and the beautiful Belinda Emmett

  • Disappointingly flat, unfunny comedy from thriller director Bennett, complete with try-hard oneliners (some of which come off) and a desperately thin story that is helped along by a top-notch comedy cast. If it's ever released internationally which seems likely, due to Bana?s top billing it will fare even worse than here, as much of the humour relies on the presumption that we know Bana from his television comedy days, Curry from "The Castle" and utility comedian Big Dave O'Neil. Emmett and the other female actors do the best with what they've got, which is absolutely nothing the film is, in many ways, a throwback to the nostalgic 1980s, complete with non-white ethnic stereotypes that fail spectacularly, and an unconvincing reliance on mateship as the central motif. After a woeful beginning, the main offender being Cullen's ridiculously lame voiceover, the film picks up somewhat in the middle before the mateship bond between the three lead characters is tested and plot takes over, and it fizzles towards a predictable and dissatisfying anticlimax. With Bennett at the helm, though, you wouldn?t expect it to be all bad, and it's not some of the one-liners do work (you've made it when you order your second Mongolian hotpot), television comedian Moon (from "Fast Forward") is brilliantly cast as the unscrupulous Ratner, and the bush scenery is typically breathtaking, though strangely underaccentuated. In the comic tradition of "The Castle", it's easy to see where the Working Dog film would have gone if it hadn't have been so damned funny! Hopefully Bennett won't give up on comedy, but it's one hell of a gap between this and success. The film premiered at Mudgee, where it was filmed, and where Bana, Curry and O'Neil arrived in the back of a ute.

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