Money Movers is a 1978 Australian crime action drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The film was based on the book Money Movers by Devon Minchin, founder of Metropolitan Security Services. The story deals loosely with two real-life events, the 1970 Sydney Armoured Car Robbery where A$500,000 was stolen from a Mayne Nickless armoured van, and a 1970 incident where A$280,000 was stolen from Metropolitan Security Services' offices by bandits impersonating policemen.
|Directed by||Bruce Beresford|
|Produced by||Matt Carroll|
|Screenplay by||Bruce Beresford|
|Based on||Money Movers (novel)|
by Devon Minchin
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
|Edited by||William M. Anderson|
|Distributed by||Roadshow Entertainment|
|Box office||A$330,000 (Australia)|
An armoured payroll truck owned by Darcy's Security Services is robbed and the driver, ex-policeman Dick Martin, is removed from armoured cars and put onto night patrols. The robbers are double crossed by crime boss Jack Henderson whose henchman Dino kills all the robbers.
Lionel Darcy, head of the company, suspects a major robbery is being planned but is unaware that all the culprits are employed by the company. He asks former employee Mindel Seagers to look into newcomer to the firm, Leo Bassett. Jack Henderson discovers that a robbery is being planned by Eric Jackson, a former speedway driver and a Senior Supervisor with Darcy's, his brother Brian Jackson who also works as a guard for Darcy's as an armoured truck driver, and Ed Gallagher, the supervisor of Darcy's counting house. When Eric Jackson breaks into Bassett's apartment, Henderson's men kidnap him and cut off the little toe on his left foot with a pair of bolt cutters in their attempt to force him to work for him.
Dick Martin and Leo Bassett foil the planned robbery after which Martin is taken to hospital suffering gun shot wounds while Bassett reveals to Lionel Darcy (who was found out through Seagers to be working undercover as a guard on behalf of Darcy's insurance company Legal & United) that it was he who has sent a threatening note warning that robbery of Darcy's money counting house was to be the ruse used to flush out any real robbers.
- Terence Donovan as Eric Jackson
- Tony Bonner as Leo Bassett
- Ed Devereaux as Dick Martin
- Charles 'Bud' Tingwell as Jack Henderson
- Candy Raymond as Mindel Seagers
- Jeanie Drynan as Dawn Jackson
- Bryan Brown as Brian Jackson
- Alan Cassell as Detective-Sergeant Sammy Rose
- Gary Files as Ernest Sainsbury
- Ray Marshall as Ed Gallagher
- Hu Pryce as David Griffiths
- Lucky Grills as Robert Conway
- Frank Wilson as Lionel Darcy
- Terry Camilleri as Dino
- Stuart Littlemore as Himself (television reporter)
After making The Getting of Wisdom Bruce Beresford signed a contract with the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) to make two films in two years. He wanted to make a movie that was in complete contrast with his last movie, and had written a script called The Ferryman. However the SAFC did not want to make it and they offered him a number of other projects instead. Beresford decided to adapt a novel by Devon Minchin, who founded Metropolitan Security Services in 1954. Beresford worked with MSS for two months doing research.
Shooting took six weeks in February and March 1978. Although the film was based in Sydney, it was shot mostly in the studios of the SAFC and at various locations in Adelaide, notably the Rowley Park Speedway, with some scenes also filmed in Sydney. This is seen with vehicles regularly jumping between South Australia's black on a white background license plates and the NSW version of black on yellow.
Although fake money was used in the film, where there was calls for large amounts of cash (approximately A$1 million was used), real armed guards from Metropolitan Security Services (MSS) were on hand.
Nobody went to see it. I went on the opening night in Melbourne and there were three people there and me. I was sitting up the back wondering what time the session started and then the film came on. I thought, 'this is going to be a disaster'. And it was.
Australian Screen said that "Money Movers was ahead of its time, and may have suffered because of that. The film opened early in 1979, and failed badly, but it was not alone – 1979 was the worst year for Australian films, in box-office terms, since the new wave of Australian cinema had begun."
The movie has since gained something of a cult following among speedway fans in Australia largely thanks to the footage of the much loved Rowley Park which closed just 13 months after filming was completed.
(1979 AFI Awards)
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Bruce Beresford||Nominated|
|Best Editing||William M. Anderson||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||David Copping||Nominated|
Money Movers was released for the first time on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in March 2018.
|Title||Format||Episodes||Discs/Tapes||Region 4 (Australia)||Special Features||Distributors|
|Money Movers||DVD||Film||1||7 March 2018||A making-of featurette with Cast and Crew
|Money Movers||Streaming||Film||Vimeo.com||7 March 2018||None||Umbrella Entertainment|
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- "Production Report", Cinema Papers, Oct-Nov 1978 p136
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