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The Efficiency Expert (1991)

Spotswood (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 6 November 1992 (USA)
An expert on productivity shows wacky workers in 1966 Australia how to run their moccasin factory like clockwork, despite laying off more than half the workforce.

Director:

Mark Joffe
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3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Errol Wallace
Ben Mendelsohn ... Carey
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Mr. Ball
Bruno Lawrence ... Robert, Carey's Father
John Walton John Walton ... Jerry Finn
Rebecca Rigg ... Cheryl Ball
Toni Collette ... Wendy Robinson
Russell Crowe ... Kim Barry
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Caroline Wallace
Dan Wyllie ... Frank Fletcher
John Flaus ... Gordon
Gary Adams Gary Adams ... Kevin
Jeff Truman ... Ron
Toni Lamond Toni Lamond ... Mrs. Lorna Ball
Jillian Murray ... Ophelia, Carey's Mom (as Jillian Murray)
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Storyline

Errol Wallace (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems to be from another era, Errol has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is confronted by the human faces such plans hurt. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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He entered their factory as the enemy. He left as their hero. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and brief mild violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie has also been released under the title "Spotswood", the name of the Melbourne suburb in which this movie is set. See more »

Goofs

When the Anthony Hopkins character shows his wife the trophy he won at the slot car race, you can clearly see the tape on the rug that marks her spot in the shot. See more »

Quotes

[Carey's little brother sees him writing a poem.]
Carey's Brother: Hee-hee-hee. Who's Cheryl?
Carey: No one you'd know. A model.
Carey's Brother: "I wake up with the sun, bright and new. I listen to the sun, and the early morning dew." Dew doesn't make any noise.
Carey: What? Look, it's my poem, I can write what I like.
Carey's Brother: Just trying to help. If I was you I'd stick to drawing.
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Crazy Credits

The 1960s in Australia were a period of great upheaval, followed by downheaval and, eventually, heaval. Presiding over this indecision were great experts such as Errol Wallace and Jerry Finn. They were efficiency consultants. See more »


Soundtracks

Deep In the Heart of Texas
Written by June Hershey (as Hershey) and Don Swander (as Swandler)
Performed by Geoff Love Banjos
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good Aussie film
28 August 2006 | by vampi1960See all my reviews

i bought this at a dollar store along with some other pretty good DVD double features,the efficiency expert and Eliza's horoscope which i have'nt seen yet.i took a look at the cast and said looks like a good movie.Anthony Hopkins,Russell crowe,Toni Collette,and Angela punch McGregor who i knew from the movie;the island 1980.anyway they send efficiency expert(Hopkins)out to a moccasin factory to check how its being run.and he gets to know all the workers and their lives and such. Russell crowe and Toni Collette both in early roles.Anthony Hopkins is a great actor and makes the movie interesting,its take on a small factory and the people that work there.but for a buck its a real bargain.as double features go sometimes one is good the other not too good,not always the case.but if you venture into a dollar store,look through the dollar dvds.you may find some good ones like i did. i give efficiency expert 8 out of 10.good movie.


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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Efficiency Expert See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,776, 8 November 1992

Gross USA:

$179,469

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,469
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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