August 3rd, 2000


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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.2/10 (16,524 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Andrew Dominik

Stars: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Writers: Mark Brandon Read, Andrew Dominik

Eric Bana - Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read
Simon Lyndon - Jimmy Loughnan
David Field - Keithy George
Dan Wyllie - Bluey
Bill Young - Detective Downie
Vince Colosimo - Neville Bartos
Kenny Graham - Keith Read
Kate Beahan - Tanya
Serge Liistro - Sammy the Turk
Pam Western - Tanya's Mother
Gary Waddell - Kevin Darcy
Brian Mannix - Ian James
Skye Wansey - Mandy
Annalise Emtsis - Shazzy
Johnnie Targhan - Paul the Bouncer (as Johnnie Targan)

Taglines: The truth, the half-truth, and nothing like the truth.

Release Date: 3 August 2000

Filming Locations: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gross: $234,259 (USA) (22 July 2001)

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Did You Know?

Mark Brandon Read suggested that Eric Bana play Chopper, after seeing him in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Despite having his right ear cut off in prison, Chopper's right ear remains visibly intact throughout the movie.

Chopper: You don't much like me, do you Keithy?

User Review

Amazing Performance By Eric Bana!

Rating: 7/10

CHOPPER (3+ outta 5 stars) Nifty little character study of a notorious Australian criminal... well, notorious in his own mind, at least. The jury is still out on how much of the autobiographical details of the life of "Chopper" read are real and how much is fake... but it does make a compelling story either way. Eric Bana gives a great performance in the lead... nothing else I've ever seen him in prepared me for how good he really is. The character he plays is nasty, repellent, scary, ill-tempered... and still full of charisma. After a violent stint in prison (his motto appears to be "do unto others before they do it unto you") Chopper is sent back out into society. With no other skills besides his knowledge of crime, Chopper offers himself to the local police as a special undercover agent. They, of course, want nothing to do with his boneheaded scheme but he pretends that they do anyway. Inflicting pain (on himself *and* others) seems to be what he is best at and he gets plenty of opportunities to show his stuff. Amusing though it may be at times, the movie is not a glorification of violence... the ferocity and suddenness of it keeps the audience constantly on edge.

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