• The Hard Word (2002)

The Hard Word

Release Date: 2002

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2003

R |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

Out of prison after serving time for armed robbery, brothers Dale (Guy Pearce), Mal (Damien Richardson) and Shane (Joel Edgerton) are set for a bank heist planned by their underhanded lawyer, Frank (Robert Taylor). But after pocketing his share of the cash, Frank, who's bedding Dale's wife (Rachel Griffiths), arranges to have them incarcerated again. Though he understands what his attorney is up to, Dale and his brothers agree to pull off a final robbery if Frank can get them freed once more.

Cast: Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Robert Taylor, Joel Edgerton, Damien Richardson, Rhondda Findleton, Kate Atkinson, Vince Colosimo

Director: Scott Roberts

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Alibi Films, Wildheart Films

Keywords: Temptation , Wife , Brother , 2000s , Prison , Quest , Investigation , Pursuit , Gripping ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Like many dreams that enliven filmmakers' nights, this one derives from other, better films, though it does have a few clever twists.

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This movie could obviously go on fooling us forever, but we are good sports only up to a point, and then our attention drifts. Shame, since there's so much good stuff in it, like how effortlessly Rachel Griffiths keeps two tough guys completely at her mercy. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Tense and compelling, with the added charm of a mischievous spirit. show more

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