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Malcolm [VHS]

Colin Friels , John Hargreaves , Nadia Tass    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Friels, John Hargreaves, Lindy Davies, Chris Haywood, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
  • Directors: Nadia Tass
  • Writers: David Parker
  • Producers: David Parker, Nadia Tass, Bryce Menzies, Timothy White
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Blue Dolphin
  • VHS Release Date: 6 July 1998
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJHS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,530 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Impressionable loner Malcolm (Colin Friels) spends all his time inventing remote control gadgets to help him with the chores of everyday life. When he starts to run short of money he takes in Frank (John Hargreaves) as a lodger. Frank and his girlfriend Judith initially take advantage of Malcolm's good nature, but soon they are pulling minor heists together. These lead to the 'Big One', utilising all of Malcolm's electronic expertise to fool the authorities.

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Great Video, this is a is a sample copy on the Blue Dolphin label in excellent condition, fast dispatch, UK SELLER

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
one of those films that is so funny and original that it is occasionally aired late-night on BBC2.If you have ever (or indeed never)dreamed of having a train-set bring your post into your house or wondered about the logistics of robbing a bank with a remote-controlled car then this is the film for you. Also featuring a cracking soundtrack by the penguin cafe orchestra.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When you're feeling sad... 7 July 2003
Format:VHS Tape
A film to watch when you've been dumped or just plain dumped on and feeling miserable and sorry for yourself. This film is for you. Gentle, heartwarming and yet genuinely black and funny. Just when you think something really bad is going to happen, it doesn't. The Penguin Cafe soundtrack suits it to a tee. Lose yourself for 90 minutes and afterwards life doesn't seem so bad. Just quirky.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars undiagnosed aspie 24 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
I first saw this film at the Dublin film festival in 1986 - and that remains the only time I've witnessed a standing ovation in a cinema.
Released in the same year as Crocodile Dundee, it looks a bit dated now, and to be honest, was never intended to be slick or fashionable. It's innocent, likable slapstick humour built around the oddball abilities of the title character, who is based on the director's (late) brother. A socially-disabled mechanical genius, Malcolm loses his job and so he reluctantly takes in a lodger. Initially dismissive of Malcolm, the lodger begins to recognise and appreciate his talents, and finally warms to him as the pair pull off a caricature of a bank robbery, and make an unlikely escape. Malcolm would undoubtedly receive a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome today, and could be compared to Forrest Gump, albeit Malcolm is more mischievous and much less sentimental. The soundtrack, by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, is also excellent and contributes much to the fun and energy of this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashion entertainment 5 April 2009
Format:DVD
I first saw this film about 20 years ago, loved it then, still love it.
Simple film,serious bits funny bits but overall good quality look at life.
If you are fed up with blood and guts on your TV screen give this amusing film a go, you will be pleasantly surprised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this film ages ago on late night telly and, annoyingly, didn't record it. I tried for ages to find it but eventually gave up. Then by chance saw it on here. It's absolutely fantastic and unbelievably funny, a real must see.
I won't tell you what it's about or anything but if you buy this, you will not be disappionted, I guarantee it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Aussie Comedy... 7 Jun 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Like an Aussie Frank Spencer, but much less manic and brilliantly inventive, niave and slow Malcolm is an only son of an overprotective mother, who has died.

Malcolm loses his job and it's suggested that he lets out a room in his mother's house that he's inherited. Helpful neighbours make out a list of questions that he may have for any prospective lodgers and before long, Frank, fresh out of prison (this being unknown, of course, to Malcolm) and soon Frank's girlfriend, Judith move in.

They're still practising "crims" and surprisingly, find Malcolm all too eager to assist them in their thieving. Malcolm, of course, doesn't see all this as anything more than fun and an excellent outlet for his technical inventions, that include remotely controlled litter bins, that act as innocuous roving cameras that move around an intended target building and relay video footage back. Malcolm also has friends now, probably for the first time in a very long while.

The rather whimsical inventions, now, look pretty dated and whilst they're impressively inventive - a getaway car that splits in half, as it's actually two motorbikes joined together, but looks like a car...this is all rather Disney-ish, except this features adults only and I reckon will appeal to an older generation more, who might appreciate their comedy more visual and innocent than the rather more crude and broad comedy cinema of today.

It's generally a likeable little film and whilst one (in theory) might find Malcolm's character irritating, initially at least, one doesn't for long and at least, unlike the Farrelly brother films of excess, 'dumb' doesn't mean overplayed moronically stupid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's funny what you remember 6 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
Late one evening many years ago I saw an Australian film on television in which, not to give too much away, a robbery occured in a quite unusual manner. For some reason I never caught the name of the movie (I came into it half the way through) and so I promptly forgot all about. That was until I was waiting to have an interview for a job about ten years back. As I sat waiting to be called in to the interview I threw a tissue into a bin that was beside me and for some reason the memory of this film I'd seen years before came back to me. I searched and searched for the title of the film I could remember only sporadically but had no luck.

Several months ago I was speaking with a friend of mine about Australian cinema and I described to him the scene I could recall quite vividly and to my amazement he knew precisely the film I was talking about! The film was "Malcolm". I immediately bought it off amazon and watched it properly for the first time, twenty years on, and what a magnificent little gem it is!

"Malcolm" is a prime example of the sort of independent, quirky movie that, when one discovers it, one wants to tell the world about. It's a lovely, warm natured piece that can be enjoyed by anybody looking for a movie to leave a smile on their face. John Hargreaves puts in a performance which is probably one of my favourite in film history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A quirky film
Saw this on TV many years ago and it was a delight to see it again. A great view of Melbourne with great performances from all the cast
Published 8 months ago by Peter Wrapson
5.0 out of 5 stars Making engineering fun!
We enjoyed the character portraits, which were sensitive but not shy of using the traits for the plot. The fun the makers had with the engineering/techie ideas. Set in the 80's (? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nell
5.0 out of 5 stars malcolm(dvd)
i watched this australian film some years ago and loved it.a perfect mixture of comedy and how life can be when things can be. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jason
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Three very different, flawed and free spirited people pool their talents to attempt a bank robbery.

Whilst I guarantee that you will laugh out loud in a few places, this... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Prof TBun
4.0 out of 5 stars Australian Comedy
I can remember watching this on telly and loved the sequence with the dancing bins to a very catchy tune one of the films that just makes watching comedy worth the wait
Published 17 months ago by Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Malcolm, the ingenuous genius.
Malcolm is a film to watch on a night when you are tired of swearing and violence on television; a night when a gentle comedy is appropo. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Barry W
5.0 out of 5 stars Malcoom
This is an old classic in our house hold. It is not to everyones taste and we do get the mickey taken out of us for it. But to find it on DVD was a joy. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2011 by Karina
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Underrated Classic!!
I really wasnt expecting to like this as much as I did. Seriously, this is an incredibly funny and at times touching film that turns into a comedy caper as a shy, unsuspecting man... Read more
Published on 6 May 2011 by Amir_HB
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy from Austraia
This is a gentle comedy about a man who has learning difficulties, but is extremely clever at inventing things. Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by shirleyvalentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Aussie movie!!
I remember watching this movie years ago, and loved it so much, for its quirkiness and humour and off-the-beaten-track Aussieness if you will! Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by T. S. C.
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