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They're a Weird Mob (1966)

An Italian sports journalist arrives in Australia but finds no work. The only employment he can find is as a builder's labourer. At first, he cannot comprehend the culture, but eventually he finds mateship and romance.


Michael Powell


John O'Grady (novel) (as Nino Culotta), Emeric Pressburger (screenplay) (as Richard Imrie)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Chiari ... Nino Culotta
Claire Dunne Claire Dunne ... Kay Kelly
Chips Rafferty ... Harry Kelly
Alida Chelli Alida Chelli ... Giuliana
Ed Devereaux ... Joe Kennedy
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ... Pat
John Meillon ... Dennis
Charles Little Charles Little ... Jimmy
Anne Haddy Anne Haddy ... Barmaid
Jack Allen Jack Allen ... Fat Man in Bar
Red Moore Red Moore ... Texture Man
Ray Hartley Ray Hartley ... Newsboy
Tony Bonner ... Lifesaver
Alan Lander Alan Lander ... Charlie
Keith Peterson Keith Peterson ... Drunk Man on Ferry


Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousin's magazine, only to find that when he gets there the magazine's folded, the cousins done a runner & the money his cousin sent for the fare was borrowed from the daughter of the boss of a local construction firm. So Nino tries to get a job & finishes up ... laying bricks. Nino works hard & makes friends with lots of locals, Nino & Kay argue a lot, Nino & Kay fall in love ... Kay takes Nino to meet 'Daddy' but daddy hates journalists, immigrants and bricklayers (he's now BOSS of a construction firm). Nino starts to win him over with his charm & determination to marry Kay. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The scenes of Nino being rescued from the surf were filmed from a duck (amphibious vehicle) borrowed from the Australian Army. See more »


Pat: You look a bit la-di-da to me for this kind of game. Where do you come from?
Nino Culotta: Italy.
Pat: You don't look like an Eyetie to me. More like a Jerry.
Nino Culotta: What is a Jerry please?
Pat: A Hun. A German. Or something that goes under a bed. Eyeties are not much better.
Nino Culotta: Do you know Italians?
Pat: I do. I was a prisoner of war over there.
Nino Culotta: Oh. You were captured by our soldiers in North Africa? Because my father was captain in North Africa.
Pat: Captured by your mob? Don't give me the tom tits. You Eyeties couldn't catch a bloody ...
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You'll be bloody right
23 December 2016 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Delightfully light-hearted look into Sydney pre-Vietnam attitudes, still brimming with confidence straddling 50's conservatism and the beginning of the counter culture movement that emerged in the latter part of the decade. It was a very good time to be a ten pound Pom, or indeed any number of European immigrants who accepted the invitation, as Walter Chiari's character (Giovanni 'Nino' Carlotta) experiences, though not without comic incident as he tries to right his cousin's business debts. As other reviewers have remarked, a sort of humorous propaganda promo for Australian immigration.

The beer flows like rivers of amber nectar in a Gold Top commercial, the formal bars and building site where Nino comes to learn the Aussie vernacular; Ed Devereaux (pre- "Skippy"), John Meillon (who almost steals the show), Chips Rafferty, Anne Haddy was there much younger obviously than her later soapy salad days. Obviously the movie needs to exaggerate reality to create humour and I reckon you'd need to be *bloody* churlish to be offended, it's pretty harmless (self-deprecating in fact) when viewed in context.

A wonderful time capsule and source of nostalgia from Rank, perhaps a little bittersweet too when you consider how much of that beloved character we've since abandoned.... worth watching, should bring a smile to your face.

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Release Date:

13 October 1966 (Australia) See more »

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Un italiano en Australia See more »


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AUD600,000 (estimated)
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Williamson/Powell See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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