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Two Hands (1999)

A 19 year old finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money.

Director:

Gregor Jordan

Writer:

Gregor Jordan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heath Ledger ... Jimmy
Bryan Brown ... Pando
David Field ... Acko
Tom Long Tom Long ... Wally
Tony Forrow Tony Forrow ... Eddie
Steven Vidler ... The Man (as Steve Vidler)
Dale Kalnins Dale Kalnins ... Kiwi Bob
Kiri Paramore Kiri Paramore ... Les / Origami Presenter
Bill Drury Bill Drury ... Jesus Freak (as William Drury)
David Moeaki David Moeaki ... Louise
Mathew Wilkinson Mathew Wilkinson ... Rocket
Rose Byrne ... Alex
Mary Acres Mary Acres ... Mrs. Jones
Evan Sheaves Evan Sheaves ... Pete
Jarrah Darling Jarrah Darling ... Aaron
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Storyline

A 19 year old (Heath Ledger) finds himself in debt to a local gangster (Bryan Brown) when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money. Rose Byrne co-stars as a country girl with whom Ledger starts a romance on his trip. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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It seemed simple. Just deliver the cash. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1999 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Duas Mãos See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Acko's prized purple XA Falcon that Jimmy borrows is actually director Gregor Jordan's own car. Comedian Merrick Watts bought the car and owned it until 2011, when he sold it at auction. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Jimmy arrives at Sharon's apartment building, the light indicates early morning/late afternoon. This would not be possible between the scene before (a 10am meeting with Pando) and the scene after (a midday swim at Bondi Beach). See more »

Quotes

Pando: Give em' ya fucking keys.
Acko: He's not taking my fucking car!
Pando: It's only gonna take twenty minutes, he needs a car, so give em ya fucking keys.
Acko: I just got the gearbox fixed.
Pando: Good, that means it works, now give em ya fucking keys.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Bryan Brown in Conversation (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Stadium
Written by Warwick Scott (as Scott), Aya Larkin (as Larkin), Michael Sutherland (as Sutherland),
Dean Sutherland (as Sutherland) and Paul Searles (as Searles)
Performed by Skunkhour
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Quirky Aussie Gem
10 April 2004 | by MissTRiousSee all my reviews

"Two Hands" is a good addition to the Australian Film Catalogue.

It is that curious mix of real life, surreal life, comedy, tragedy and love the Australians have developed on their own.

Heath Ledger is basically a good if naive guy. Wanting to get on he falls in with a local "Big" Man Pando (Bryan Brown). But at the very moment he sets a first toe on the dark path to crime he meets Alex (Rose Byrne). Here is the cause of the error to change his life in ways unexpected. After getting on the wrong side of Pando accidentally, things get very bad very quickly and if not for a little otherworldly help this would have been a short sad film. Yes, Jimmy learns a few lessons in life and no one escapes uninjured in one way or another but at the end of it has a feel good feel to it. Although there is a lawless theme through the story, it is not glorified and helps to show how destructive crime can be on normal lives.

Heath Ledger is excellent as Jimmy, innocent and savvy at the same time, Rose is hypnotic as Alex and Bryan is marvellous as usual. This is a small ensemble of characters are believable and I found myself caring about the good guys and disliking the baddies.

This DVD is usually in the cheap aisle so I would recommend adding it too your DVD collection, it would be money well spent.

8 out of 10


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