Year of Release: 1992
Director: Geoffrey Wright
Approx. Running Time: 94 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"Gripping Performance By Russell Crowe!"
-New York Newsday
"A superb film that most "Gladiator"-watchers haven't seen."
-The Hollywood Reporter
Those who saw Russell Crowe's mesmerizing star turn in Gladiator will be blown away by his breakthrough performance in Romper Stomper. Crowe plays the confused yet charismatic leader of a rowdy gang of skinheads, showcasing his undeniable power as an actor.
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).
This is an incredibly intense and disturbing film (too intense and disturbing, in fact, for me to award it a rating higher than 3 stars) about the lives of a group of skinheads in Australia. Russell Crowe, a then largely unknown actor, gave such a powerful and charismatic performance in this film, that it earned him the role of "Maximus" in Gladiator.
Be warned - the subject matter is dark and violent and the characters are beyond redemption. You may not be feeling very well by the film's brutal end.
Rated R (MPAA)
1992 (Year of Release)