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Chopper [VHS]

4.3 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field, Daniel Wyllie, Billy Young
  • Directors: Andrew Dominik
  • Producers: Michael Bennett, Michael Gudinski
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • VHS Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NCZJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,221 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mark 'Chopper' Read (Eric Bana) was an Aussie criminal alleged to have committed nineteen horrific murders and got away with it. Using flashback imagery, we look at one of Australia's cult heroes as he serves one of many prison sentences, and then goes on a killing spree which gained him such a huge following.

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A great Australian movie, Chopper is loosely based on the autobiography of career crim Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, whose attention-seeking mix of psychotic violence and matey ingratiation made him an outcast even in the underworld and finally--with bizarre logic--turned him into a bestselling celebrity without any need for repentance and regeneration. Andrew Dominik, a music video maven making his directorial debut, wrestles the unpromising material into shape, using a striking palette of blues inside prison and sickly neons outside, wisely building the film around a terrific lead performance from stand-up comedian Eric Bana as the crook who had his own ears hacked away so he could get off a prison wing where he was marked for death and whose forceful personality means that he can always rekindle a relationship even with those to whom he has done dreadful violence in the past and whom he certainly intends to shoot, batter, rob and betray in the future--with the mildly redeeming caveat that he sometimes drives his victims to the hospital after injuring them. The movie has a lot of smart incidental detail, like the paranoid dealer who doses his dogs' water with speed, the ridiculous mix-up of an assassination set up in the wrong car park of a nightclub that has two, and Chopper's repeated mood swings in the middle of lengthy dialogue scenes that begin with conciliation and apology and pay off with doubts and eruptions of violence that leave the perpetrator genuinely regretful of what has happened. --Kim Newman

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If you like your crime movies, especially with a tint of humour, you'll love this. Eric Banna plays real life criminal Mark Brandon 'Copper' Read. An ex-conn turned vigilante .... or at least thats how he protrays himself, but in his own words "You know me, I never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn". Eric Banna is sensational as Chopper. He is completely believable in the role and captures the humour of Chopper perfectly aswell as his menace too. The supporting cast are also top quality and all are completely believable in their respected roles. The film starts off with Chopper in prison, leading a group of inmates in a prison gang war. Chopper's gang however betrays Read and tries to kill him. With no allies left Chopper cuts off his own ears to get him out of that part of prison. Later, upon release from jail, Choppers story continues with a one man war against the criminal underworld. This is a very funny movie and at times its also a fascinating look at one of the crazy characters of the Australian underworld. I love my crime movies and this is one of the best.
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If you like your crime movies, especially with a tint of humour, you'll love this. Eric Banna players real life criminal Mark Brandon 'Copper' Read. An ex-conn turned vigilante .... or at least thats how he protrays himself, but his own words "You know me, I never let the truth get in the way of a good yarn". Eric Banna is sensational as Chopper. He is completely believable in the role and captures the humour of Chopper perfectly aswell as his menace too. The supporting cast are also top quality and all are completely believable in their respected roles. The film starts off with Chopper in prison, leading a group of inmates in a prison gang war. Chopper's gang however betrays him and tries to kill him. With no allies left Chopper cuts off his own ears to get him out of that part of prison. Later, upon release from jail, Choppers story continues with a one man war against the criminal underworld. This is a very funny movie and at times its also a fascinating look at one of the crazy characters of the Australian underworld. I love my crime movies and this is one of the best.
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I just chose to rent this film on a whim and once I watched it the first time I watched it again straight away. Don't make any comparisons to Tarantino please. This film has more watchability in five minutes than in his entire collection. This is funny, strange and compelling all at the same time. It really is a one off and for that reason alone you should get it.
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Mark "Chopper" Reid is not a pleasant fellow. Based on his bestselling autobiographical offerings, this movie explores the confused, violent and yet somehow endearing man who became one of Australia's most notorious criminals. Imprisoned as a young man, Mark Reid attempts to become a major underworld figure, ruthless and bloodthirsty. Yet, while his actions fit this self-made image, something in his persona prevents it from engulfing him entirely. Would a ruthless murderer shoot a man and then immediately apologize and take him to hospital? The film covers all aspects of his life, from his initial incarceration, through his single-handed attempts to rid the streets of other criminals, to his return to jail and the beginnings of his fame as an author. First time writer/director Andrew Dominik presents a gritty film which takes the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster that barely gives you time to stop laughing before being confronted with a scene of sickening violence and brutality. One of the reasons why this works as well as it does is the casting - Eric Bana is incredible as Chopper - totally believable in all his manifestations: as a simple Aussie bloke just trying to get by, as an interred prisoner trying to survive, and as a violent criminal.
This is not a pleasant movie in any sense of the word. But it is highly amusing and entertaining for those not easily offended by violence or by the controvery that might surround the "glorification" on film of a convicted criminal. Well worth seeing.
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Violent prisoner is released from prison and is violent. Gets sent back to prison. Not much story. No twists to work out. OK if you are really into violence but I wouldn't watch it again most probably.
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I'm not going to beat around the bush, Chopper is a disturbing yet utterly gripping film about one of Australia's best selling authors, Mark 'chopper' Read. The film follows Chopper from his early days in prison through to his release and finally his return to prison.
The performance of Chopper is played brillantly by stand up comic Eric Bana (hand picked to play the part by chopper himself!) who portrays Chopper as a ruthless yet loyal and sometimes caring criminal. The violence in the film (eat your heart out reservoir dogs) may put off some people, but they will be missing one of the best pieces of drama to come out of Oz in ages.
The DVD itself on the whole doesn't have too much to offer in quantity but its quality more than makes up for it. we are treated to some halarious interviews with the real chopper read which are worth their weight in gold.
Get it now!
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