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FINDER, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Ex-cop Les Kearney (Simon Westaway) gets dragged away from his favourite Sea Wind Surf Club by a kidnap case. Construction boss Bob Castaldi (Barry Langrishe) is the client whose daughter Rebecca (Anja Coleby) is being held for a million dollar ransom. Even ‘Finder’ Les is insecure about the job, but Bob won’t call in the cops. As the ransom deadline approaches, Les gets ensnared in two killings and his ex-boss, Sgt Jack Matthews (Gerard McGuire) is handing him yet another deadline – or he’s busted. Meanwhile, the drug dealers operating around the nightcul where Rebecca was drugged are also after Les, led by elder brother Leo Natoli (Paul Mercurio). The chances of success are slim.

With its fairly standard issue ‘ex-cop on the big job’ script, The Finder is a well-worked movie in a genre that Australia rarely makes for the big screen. (pity then that it didn't get a big screen release....)

The plot details tend to get hazy and the vaguely romantic subplot fails to engage. But what makes it rise above the dross is an excellent ensemble of actors, a mix of classy vets like McGuire, Langrishe and Rowena Wallace as a distraught mum, interesting choices like Mercurio as a nasty bugger, a strong performance by Westaway as the tough guy at the centre – and equally solid turns by all the cast in smaller support roles, like Brummer, Sims and Tupu.

Shot on a shoestring around a sparkling Sydney, the film looks twice its budget and efficient direction keeps the pace up.
Andrew L. Urban

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

FINDER, THE (M)
(AUS)

CAST: Simon Westaway, Paul Mercurio, Amja Coleby, Alan Lovell, Rowena Wallace, Dieter Brummer, Allison Cratchley, Alan Sims, Gerard McGuire, Barry Langrishe, Callan Mulvey, Lami Tupu
DIRECTOR: Frank Shields
PRODUCER:Phil Avalon
SCRIPT: Phil Avalon
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrew Robertson
EDITOR: David Stiven
RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO and DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Eagle Entertainment
AUSTRALIAN VIDEO and DVD RELEASE: July 25, 2001







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