The Hard Word


1h 42m 2002

Brief Synopsis

Three prisoners are about to be released on bail--Dale, Mal and Shane--the Twentyman brothers. Hard experience and an unspoken bond of family have made them masters of their craft--armed robbery. It's a job and they do it because they're good at it. Their only rule is, no one gets hurt. Keeping the

Film Details

Also Known As
Blood & Guts, Blood and Guts, Hard Word
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Crime
Dark Comedy
Drama
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Atlab-Gold Coast, Australia; Film Finances, Inc.; Hw Wood Australia; Opticals & Graphics; Rising Sun Pictures; Screen Australia; Screen Australia; Todd-Ao; Village Roadshow Limited; Village Roadshow Pictures; Wildheart Films; Zee's Catering
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Luxor Entertainment (Russia); Metrodome Distribution; Paradiso Entertainment; Prooptiki Greece; Studio Home Entertainment; Village Roadshow Limited
Location
Sydney, Australia; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

Three prisoners are about to be released on bail--Dale, Mal and Shane--the Twentyman brothers. Hard experience and an unspoken bond of family have made them masters of their craft--armed robbery. It's a job and they do it because they're good at it. Their only rule is, no one gets hurt. Keeping the wheels of crime turning is their long-time criminal lawyer, Frank Malone, who combines flashy arrogance with a complete disregard for the proper process of the law. Frank's network of contacts enables him to play the brothers and the system to perfection. But success has clearly gone to his head when he starts screwing Dale's wife, Carol. Dazzled by her physical attractiveness, Frank has severely underestimated the brain beneath the blonde hair. Carol is one of life's greatest operators and she is determined to get what's hers. The brothers are out on bail, only long enough to do one job before they are back behind bars because of a problem with the "paperwork." Of course Frank will get them out of jail, but there's a catch. They must do a really big job--if it is to be their last. Dale's festering suspicion about Frank's motives, and a severe bout with food poisoning, create an impossible situation leading up to a multi-million dollar heist. The job is to take place in Melbourne. To the displeasure of the three brothers, Frank has lined-up some local criminals to work with them. Up against the wall and with no way out, the guys proceed with the ambitious robbery, despite some dark misgivings. When it all goes wrong, the brothers discover the full extent of Frank's treachery as they make a desperate escape from the surrounding havoc. Breaking free of Melbourne in a hijacked car, the brothers have plenty of time to think as they drive the long road back to Sydney. Although they have the money, they know Frank will not be far behind. And he isn't--and neither is Carol.

Crew

Ting Adisug

Electrician (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Russell Allan

Stunt Performer

Brett Anderson

Stunt Performer

Ian Anderson

Laboratory Liaison

Lance Shane Anderson

Stunt Performer

Lance Shane Anderson

Supervisor

Szumai Anderson

Stunt Performer

Milo Angel

Graphics (2nd Unit)

Glen Arrowsmith

Grip

Jeremy Atcliffe

Assistant Accountant

Leo Bahas

Negative Matching (Sydney)

Leo Baker

Video Split Operator (2nd Unit)

Peter Balfour

Rushes Transfer

Helen Barry

Assistant Editor

Julie Barton

Stand-By Wardrobe

Matt Begg

Electrician (2nd Unit)

Ralph Belcher

Unit Manager (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Tov Belling

Focus Puller

Gareth Blaha

Costume Assistant

Kerry Blakeman

Supervisor

Paul Booth

Gaffer

Brian Breheny

Director Of Photography

Stephen Brett

Location Manager

Anni Browning

Other

Melanie Brunt

Production Secretary

Amanda Buchanan

Stunt Performer

Paul Buck

Property Master

Dan Butl

Production Runner

Andrea Cadzow

Hairdresser (2nd Unit)

Andrea Cadzow

Makeup (2nd Unit)

Andrew Campbell

Unit Assistant (2nd Unit)

Brendan Campbell

First Assistant Director

Mark Campbell

Stunt Performer

Rainey Carah

Supervisor

Danny Carr

Electrician (2nd Unit)

Wayne Cartwright

Stunt Performer

Julius Chan

Supervising Sound Editor

Al Clark

Producer

Kylie Clarke

Wig (For Rachel Griffiths)

Jamo Clemens

Painter

Kent Clifton-bligh

Stunt Performer

Yvonne Collins

Production Supervisor

Martin Connor

Editor

Angela Conte

Hair

Angela Conte

Makeup

Ben Corless

Construction Foreman

Ben Cox

Production Runner

Rachel Craze

Production Intern

Tim Crosbie

Senior Compositor (Rising Sun Pictures)

Peter Culpan

Supervisor

Hilary Davis

Executive Producer

Scott Davis

Carpenter

Bob Deshaine

Adr Recording (Los Angeles)

Shane Dettman

Unit Assistant

Chris Dewhurst

Third Electric

Geoff Eastman

Grip (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Nash Edgerton

Stunt Performer

Roy Edmonds

Stunt Performer

Roy Edmunds

Stunt Performer

Zev Eleftheriou

Stunt Coordinator

Morgan Evans

Stunt Performer

Lisa Farinosi

Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Alban Farrawell

Costume Supervisor

Les Fiddess

Foley Editor

Les Fiddess

Foley Artist

Guy Firth

Caterer (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Chris Fletcher

Assistant Unit Manager (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Kelly Foreman

Assistant Stand-By

John Fox

Props

Russell Frost

Stunt Performer

Victor Fukushima

Unit Assistant

William Gammon

Compositor (Rising Sun Pictures)

Michael Garrett

Title Designer (Rising Sun Pictures)

Dean Garrow

Grip (2nd Unit)

Serena Gattuso

Production Coordinator

Cameron Gaze

Video Split Operator

Tony Gibbs

Other

Sandy Grant

Stand-By Props

Stephen Gray

Best Boy

Ben Hackworth

Assistant (For Film Victoria)

Dean Hall

Grip (2nd Unit)

Cassie Hanlon

Key Hair

Cassie Hanlon

Key Makeup

Chris Hansford

Grip

Rob Hansford

Key Grip

Chris Hargraves

Supervisor

Chris Hargraves

Stunt Performer

Peter Harris

Location Manager (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Rain Hart

Storyboard Artist

Edwina Hayes

Visual Effects Producer (Rising Sun Pictures)

Mauricio Hernandez

Foley Editor

Mauricio Hernandez

Adr Recording (Sydney)

Rachel Higgins

Assistant (To Producer)

Nathan Hoey

Stunt Performer

James Honey

Grip (2nd Unit)

Brooke Howden

Casting (Melbourne)

Mal Hughes

Boom Operator (2nd Unit)

Jack Hutchings

Assistant (For Film Victoria)

Liam Jackson

Unit Assistant (2nd Unit)

Graham Jahne

Stunt Performer

Emma Jamvold

Third Assistant Director

Colin Jones

Animal Handler

Gareth Jones

Executive Producer

Phil Judd

Rerecording Mixer

Flynn Jungwirth

Stand-In

Anna Karpinski

Hairdresser (2nd Unit)

Anna Karpinski

Makeup (2nd Unit)

Trish Keating

2nd Camera Focus Puller (2nd Unit)

Honi Keller

Art Department Runner

Aroline Kelly

Art Department Coordinator

Chris Kemp

Stunt Performer

Lachlan Ker

Unit Assistant (2nd Unit)

William Kerr

Rushes Facility (The Theatrette At 606)

Kerry Kervin

Unit Assistant (2nd Unit)

Joseph Kiely

Set Dresser

Greg King

Tracking Vehicle Driver (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Doron Kipen

Adr Recording (Melbourne)

Fran Lanigan

Unit Publicist

Michael Leslie

Grip (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Ian Letcher

Color Grading (Cinevex)

Marcus Lewis

Art Department Assistant (2nd Unit)

Wayne Lewis

Visual Effects Supervisor (Rising Sun Pictures)

Dermot Leybourne

Unit Assistant (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Adam Liddell

Assistant Stand-By Props

Tim Lion

Runner (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Gus Lobb

Scenic Artist

Michael Longhitano

Hairdresser (2nd Unit)

Michael Longhitano

Makeup (2nd Unit)

Ben Lowe

Location Assistant

Jason Madigan

Compositor (Rising Sun Pictures)

Steve Mahoney

Action Vehicle Coordinator (Sjm Coordinator)

Lex Martin

Electrician (2nd Unit)

Paul Matthews

Catering Assistant

Danika May

Casting Assistant (Sydney)

John May

Production Accountant

John May

Post-Production Supervisor

Anne-maree Mcbean

Stand-In

Peter Mccaffrey

Camera Operator

Peter Mccaffrey

Steadicam Operator

David Mcdougal

Unit Assistant

Andrew Mcgeorge

Clapper Loader (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Don Mclennon

Oscar Driver (2nd Unit)

Benji Mcnair

Catering Assistant

Christine Miller

Hairdresser (2nd Unit)

Christine Miller

Makeup (2nd Unit)

Katie Milwright

Clapper Loader

Jo Mion

Adr Editor

John Moncriefe

Location Security (Monjon Film Services)

John Moncriefe

Traffic Control (Monjon Film Services)

James Moore

Fourth Electric

Ross Murdoch

Carpenter

Naomi Murray

Makeup (2nd Unit)

Naomi Murray

Hairdresser (2nd Unit)

Reo Murray

Caterer (Editable Food)

Noel Muscat

Location Assistant

Nino Negrin

Unit Assistant

Siros Niaros

Stunt Performer

David No

Stunt Performer

Pete O'halloran

Costume Stand-By

Sue O'neill

Production Notes

Russell Olofsson

Unit Assistant (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Andy Pappas

Unit Manager

Marianne Pascoe

Unit Medic

Ken Phelan

Supervisor

Liam Price

Sound Effects Editor

Mark Prolisko

Wardrobe Truck Driver (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Peter Purcell

Rerecording Mixer

John Radel

Clapper Loader (2nd Unit)

Toni Raynes

Second Assistant Director

Paddy Reardon

Production Designer

John Regan

Grip (2nd Unit)

Phil Reilley

Stunt Performer

Kerryn Ribbands

Costume Stand-By

Scott Roberts

Screenwriter

Andrew Robertson

Electrician (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Angus Robertson

Dialogue Editor

Ann Robinson

Casting

Ian Russell

Laboratory Liaison

Dean Ryan

Boom Operator

Sharon Ryan

Adr Recording (Melbourne)

Terry Ryan

Costume Designer

Warwick Sadler

Stunt Performer

Angelo Sartore

2nd Camera Focus Puller (2nd Unit)

John Schiefelbein

Sound Recordist

Byron Joel Scullin

Studio Technician

David Shaw

Key Grip (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Zeb Simpson

Video Split Operator (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Kerry Smith

Unit Nurse (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Nina Stevenson

Legal Services (Stevenson Court)

Peter Stott

Focus Puller (2nd Unit)

Peter Stubbs

Special Effects (Filmtrix)

John Tarrant

Grip (2nd Unit)

Davin Taylor

Stunt Performer

Francois Tetaz

Music Score Producer

Francois Tetaz

Music Arranger

Luke Thomas

Focus Puller (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Shane Thomas

Hair Assistant

Shane Thomas

Makeup Assistant

Lisa Thompson

Set Decorator

Chris Thornhill

Unit Assistant (Additional Crew, Sydney)

Film Details

Also Known As
Blood & Guts, Blood and Guts, Hard Word
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Crime
Dark Comedy
Drama
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Atlab-Gold Coast, Australia; Film Finances, Inc.; Hw Wood Australia; Opticals & Graphics; Rising Sun Pictures; Screen Australia; Screen Australia; Todd-Ao; Village Roadshow Limited; Village Roadshow Pictures; Wildheart Films; Zee's Catering
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Luxor Entertainment (Russia); Metrodome Distribution; Paradiso Entertainment; Prooptiki Greece; Studio Home Entertainment; Village Roadshow Limited
Location
Sydney, Australia; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer June 13, 2003

Released in United States June 20, 2003

Expanded Release in United States June 27, 2003

Released in United States on Video October 7, 2003

Released in United States May 2002

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 15-22, 2002.

Feature directorial debut for Scott Roberts.

Released in United States Summer June 13, 2003

Released in United States June 20, 2003 (Los Angeles)

Expanded Release in United States June 27, 2003

Released in United States on Video October 7, 2003

Released in United States May 2002 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 15-22, 2002.)