Romper Stomper (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]
The controversial film drew rave reviews for its visceral look at how the seeds of racial hatred, fueled by fear and paranoia, can explode into raw violence. Winner of three Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Actor for Crowe, Romper Stomper is "exhilarating and utterly brilliant" (Preview Magazine).
The burning intensity of Russell Crowe (L.A. Confidential) first lit up screens as a hate-filled, Mein Kampf-spouting skinhead in this brutal Australian drama. Crowe glowers from under his deep-set eyes as Hando, the creepy but charismatic leader of a racist gang who declares war on the Asian immigrants pouring into Melbourne. His rage erupts in violent attacks on the local Vietnamese community, but when his victims fight back his gang breaks up, and Hando flees the city with his best buddy Davey (Daniel Pollock) and redheaded hellion Gabe (Jacqueline McKenzie), a rich girl runaway who turns the dynamic duo into a splintered love triangle. Writer-director Geoffrey Wright's matter-of-fact treatment of this subculture eschews social commentary for visceral immediacy. His portrait of white supremacist punks living like squatters on the fringes of Australian society is powered by coiled anger and simmering frustration, which finds its outlet in brutal fights and murderous rampages (the intense violence earned the film an NC-17 rating). The lack of moral position may bother some people, especially in light of Wright's sympathetic treatment of particular members of Hando's racist army, and the cold, hate-driven violence is sometimes hard to watch, but his vivid characters and richly drawn world create a compelling drama for adventurous filmgoers. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Writer/Director Geoffry Wright came under attack by Leftist critics for not hitting everyone over the head, like American History X, with an anti-racist civics lesson - His position comes across as neutral. Indeed, one can almost sympathize with the group as they are convinced Australia's future depends on its racial and cultural purity.
Without a doubt, this movie is worth owning.
Although it has been criticized for "glorifying" skinheads and not taking a moral position against them, neither criticism is really well-founded.
It is clear that the director and the actors made a great effort to get inside the characters, to make them human beings -- however repulsive -- and not simply caricatures. Still, the skinhead lifestyle depicted is mean, mindless, unromantic and, ultimately, pointless. Which becomes clear at the end when the leader (brilliantly played by Crowe) commits one final act of brutal bullying. What was their message really?
Also, for all their posturing, they are mindless bullies, ganging up on isolated victims, and they are completely undone when faced with victims who join forces and fight back with the same intensity. By the end, all but one of the gang members is in jail or dead, which seems to me to be a pretty powerful moral statement.
It is surely not perfect but it features genuinely terrifying performances of men totally twisted and misshapen by hatred, frustration and fear, yet capable of genuine affection and tenderness towards their best friends.
I recommend renting this out if you have some appetite for gore and unflinching visuals.
approached from even less pleasant perspectives. Such efforts, especially in the climate of "political correctness", can often create public misunderstanding and controversies. Romper Stomper on the other hand is definately an accurate portrayal and does go after the unpleasant topics. The plot begins in Melbourne, town towards which flow the endless river of Asian, mostly Vietnamese, immigrants who gradually take over entire neighbourhoods. For many impoverished and unemployed white youths Asians are convenient explanation for their own misery, so some accepted the most extreme form of xenophobic racism and
became skinheads. The small group led by charismatic Hando(played by Russell Crowe) is just one of many that fight a war for racial purity by mercilessly beating any Asian unfortunate to be in their proximity. After a while, Vietnamese decide that they had enough so they organise and start fighting back.Read more ›
Well, to begin, I give the movie four stars because, although it may appear at first glance to be shoddily put together or rough around the edges, both in story and in cinematography, I believe that all these things lend themselves to the portrait being painted by this film, whether consciously or unconsciously. The jerkiness of the camera, the over-crispness of the sound and the very contrasting colours and levels of light in the movie help to psychologically reinforce the atmosphere being created for the film. The silence contrasted by the crisp yet quiet dialogue, the very colourless frames and the bland environments of a rundown Melbourne industrial give the feeling of cold, hard and dark. In my opinion, the rough-edge photography and sound, as well as the grungy sounding musical score may upon initial inspection give the impression of being second rate (even by the standards of the day) or unpolished, when in reality, to "fix up" any such aspect of the movie would be ruining it. The film depicts neo-Nazi Skinheads living in a slum old car shop, eating fast food and drinking away their lack of jobs and purposes in life; if anything, fancy camera angles and well done-over sound with a sophisticated musical score would detract from this vital image.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Hello. I am an avid Russell Crowe fan and I have many of his movies. I kept hearing about this one that was done in the early 90's in Australia. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Edith Gaspar
I'm sorry... but if you liked movies such as American History X or This Is England and thought that this might be a similar type of movie and that you might like it as well you... Read morePublished on June 14 2011 by blackcatbone
Even though billed as a highly controversial portrayal of skinheads, this film really just uses skinhead subculture/violence as a backdrop; midway through it gets lost in a love... Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Eduardo Neecha
Let me start out by saying that I am a skinhead. I am not racist in the slightest(though I'm not a SHARP). Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Sheldon Wilson
Four days after I viewed by copy of Romper Stomper for the first time, and thats all I can get out. Wow. Read more
this movie will make your skin crawl, I mean literally. With the NeoNazi genre wrecking havoc. Russell Crowe is brutal and violent in one of his best roles to date other then A... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by Michael Bolts
Romper Stomper begins as a movie about racism. The Australian white people feel as though the Asian immigrants are encroaching on their homeland, so violence quickly ensues. Read morePublished on July 7 2003 by sliphsc
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Action & Adventure > Action Directors > Tony Scott
- Movies & TV > Action & Adventure > Action Stars > Russell Crowe
- Movies & TV > Action & Adventure > Crime
- Movies & TV > Art House & International > By Country > Australia & New Zealand
- Movies & TV > Drama
- Movies & TV > Mystery & Suspense > Crime