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.
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 18 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