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Romper Stomper [DVD]

Russell Crowe , Daniel Pollock , Geoffrey Wright    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie, Alex Scott, Leigh Russell
  • Directors: Geoffrey Wright
  • Writers: Geoffrey Wright
  • Producers: Daniel Scharf, Ian Pringle, Phil Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Disc Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T109
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,634 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The burning intensity of Russell Crowe (LA Confidential) first lit up screens as a hate-filled, Mein Kampf-spouting skinhead in this brutal Australian drama. Crowe glowers from under his deep-set eyes as Hando, the creepy but charismatic leader of a racist gang who declares war on the Asian immigrants pouring into Melbourne. His rage erupts in violent attacks on the local Vietnamese community, but when his victims fight back his gang breaks up, and Hando flees the city with his best buddy Davey (Daniel Pollock) and redheaded hellion Gabe (Jacqueline McKenzie), a rich girl runaway who turns the dynamic duo into a splintered love triangle. Writer-director Geoffrey Wright's matter-of-fact treatment of this subculture eschews social commentary for visceral immediacy. His portrait of white supremacist punks living like squatters on the fringes of Australian society is powered by coiled anger and simmering frustration, which finds its outlet in brutal fights and murderous rampages. The lack of moral position may bother some people, especially in light of Wright's sympathetic treatment of particular members of Hando's racist army, and the cold, hate-driven violence is sometimes hard to watch, but his vivid characters and richly drawn world create a compelling drama for adventurous filmgoers. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

Product Description

Controversial drama about a group of Melbourne skinheads, lead by the Hitler-worshipping Hando (Russell Crowe), and their violent attacks on the city's immigrant population. When the group is joined by newcomer Gabe (Jacqueline McKenzie), her epilepsy threatens to disturb the skinheads' ideas of purity and leads to disputes which promise the eruption of yet more violence. At the same time, the gang's future is threatened when the Melbourne Vietnamese community, the target of so many of their hate crimes, begins to fight back.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent drama 1 Nov 2002
Format:DVD
Well, what can i say about Romper Stomper? First off, its a perfect drama that is realistically presented. It has a low budget air to it, but that does not detract from its beauty ( in fact it is central to its appeal for me). Following a few days in the life of a racist, Hitler-worshipping crew, the film often gives you the feeling that you are actually watching the story unfold as though you are in the room with them. Its simmering tension pulls you in, and there are plenty of moments where I find myself flinching as punches are thrown and recoiling as boots fly. The characters are very believable, and I have to remind myself that this is a movie, not a documentary. There are no moments at all where this film fails, from its claustrophobic atmospherics, to its spooky, Jaws-like soundtrack. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. Watch it if you enjoy the kind of films that have the power to make you feel like you were there at the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violent Australian film about skinheads 7 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Romper Stomper is an extremely viloent film about a gang of skinheads in Australia, led by the psychotic Hando (Russell Crowe). Hando an dhis gang terrorise the towns Asian immigrants, resulting in bloody scences of brutal racisim. Runaway Gabe falls into the gang, and falls in love with Hando. She soon realises that the gang is not as exciing as she first thought, but seems trapped. When she falls for Hando's right hamd man, Davey, she unwittingly begins an intense war between them, as they had previously regarded each other as brothers. Davey becomes disallusioned with the gang and his terrorist lifestyle and leaves with Gabe. Hando is not far behind, and soon they are facing each other in a disturbing showdown. Russell Crowe (seen recently in Gladiator) is excellent and brilliantly brooding (as usual! ) as the mad, bad, and definatly dangerous to know Hando. Absolutely fantastic!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal! 11 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
Although mostly remembered now for being the star making turn of Russell Crowe, that would be doing this film a disservice. There is far more on show here than Russell Crowe's rising star power.
Sure, Crowe is unbelievable faultless as Hando, the leader of a gang of skinhead, Nazi worshipping, racist thugs. It is him that provides the film with its first taste of violence and it is mostly because of Crowe's portrayal that the film became so controversial.
However, the film is actually told from Jacqueline McKenzie's viewpoint. She plays Gabe, Hando's new girlfriend, and we see her submerged into this new violent world, where Asians are beaten up just for being there.
And that's basically where this tragic film's downfall really starts. When the gang beat up a couple of Asians, which leads on to a fully fledged street riot, events lead on to new events, and the only real thing that is imminenet is the eventual downfall of the thugs.
There is a lot of violence in this film, but it isn't very gory. Even though at times I was disgusted at the blatant racism and violence on screen I was too compelled to turn it off. It is a sledgehammer of a film, and thoguht provoking too.
Quite morally ambiguous, your not too sure where to stand. You shouldn't be on the side of the thugs, because they're racist. Yet Crowe has some real tender moments, meaning you can't hate him. You should feel sorry for the innocent Asians, but when they plot a backlash against the gang, you suddenly don't feel too sorry for them. It's dubious ground, and leaves the viewer slightly on edge - the best way to view a film of this type.
The storyline is the weakest point of this film. It is slightly predictable, and strained at some points.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Australian Film 10 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Staring Russell Crowe the New Zealand born Australian whose latest film (The Insider) has earned him a Oscar nomination this film portrays racial tension in Australia. Russell who plays Hando the leader of a white supremacist group who are intent on causing violence with the local Vietnamese community. The film shows the destruction of the many lives that are effected by racism. It is a very in your face film and is not for the faint hearted as the violence is very graphic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Valerie
Format:DVD
Romper Stomper is not an uplifting movie, don't watch it if you just want to a fun evening, but if you want to see a first class movie that makes you think, this is the one for you. Russell Crowe puts in one of his finest (out of a long line of fine) performances, as the leader of a skinhead gang. As one has come to expect from Mr Crowe, he puts in a many layered performance, and as the film progresses you understand the vulnerabilty and complexity of the man. Daniel Pollock (sadly no longer with us) puts in a superb performance as his best friend and Jacqueline MeKenzie is outstanding as the tragically disturbed and vindictive love interest. If you want a lesson in good movie making, watch this. If you want to see excellent acting performances, watch this. A truly amazing film, well worth seeing... but it will not make you feel good. By the way, for those who want to compare it with American History X (a very good movie), Romper Stomper is better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Most of the reviews below detail accurately the film itself. All I would say in addition is, if anyone thinks this is a racist film, then they're mistaken.

This is a short review of the widescreen version.

This 2 disc version is in the original ratio, there are parts of the film where it isn't too important, the hand-held fight sequences for example, but it comes into it's own in the intimate close up work and particularly in the final scenes. The transfer is good, sharper than the single disc and colours are more natural and vivid. On the Audio side there is Dolby Digital 5.1 with DTS plus a stereo option. There is also a director's commentary.

The extras on disc 2 are fairly meagre, there are interviews with:-
Russell Crowe 12mins
Geoffrey Wright 29mins
Jacqueline Mackenzie 12 mins
Tony Lee 10mins
Paul McDonald 18 mins (an outreach worker with street people)

There are also two galleries and a short clip of a photo-shoot.

If you've the cropped version, is it worth buying again ? Yes, if you love the film.

If you're thinking of buying for the first time, it's the only version to buy, trust me. ;O)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I don't like these films but the boys in the house do. They say it was good.
Published 8 days ago by gill
4.0 out of 5 stars Romper Stomper
I had been putting off watching this for quite a while for some reason, but I eventually got round to buying it when I saw it on here for 1p (without postage) Thanks Zoverstocks! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marc
3.0 out of 5 stars RAY H
I bought this film purely on its reputation. It's not easy to watch and I don't expect to see it on TV. However it was very cheap. The postage was more than the film!
Published 14 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Romper Stomper is an incredible film, raw, brutal but ultimately incredibly moving. The film that gave Russell Crowe his break, and got him noticed by major Hollywood players is a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ms. R. J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars good
good value 4 money. pre ownd.bought 4 my boy friend . not my sort of dvd. he liked it any way
Published 18 months ago by tasha
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good
It's difficult to rate a film.
This film tackles issues of racism in 1980's Australia, between the right wing Australian skinhead gangs and the immigrant asian gangs. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars The Eternal Triangle With Swastikas
The core of this story is about love, friendship and beliefs. When damaged Gabrielle joins a skinhead gang the dynamics begin to alter subtly. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Merlin's Owl
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!!
good story shows Russell Crowe in his early acting years he does not dissapoint either...what an actor anyone a fan of Russ would enjoy this too... Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Wray
1.0 out of 5 stars Very weak and very dated!
Unfortunately I found this (1992) film to be extremely dated throughout and as much as I was looking forward to watching it with Russell Crowe in the lead I was simply unable to... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film!
Wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as i did but the storyline is amazing! very brutal film for the majority but i'm not suprised that people have rated it high, it is an awesome... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by Mr. C. J. Davies
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