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A man's gotta do - John Howard, Rebecca Frith, Alyssa McClelland, Chris Kennedy

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Movie propaganda

Most men hold their head high, put their backs to the wall and do what they must do to give their family what they want. This is the story of one such man. Eddy (John Howard) has a fish trawler, a beautiful home with all the mod cons, an attractive wife Yvonne and a 19-year-old daughter Chantelle who is engaged to air-con specialist. Life seems pretty normal except Eddy is also a stand-over man, his last sidekick has two broken legs, his wife is having a fling with the plumber and Chantelle's Russian fiancé Rudi has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth.

Persons of interest

  • John Howard .... Eddy
  • Rebecca Frith .... Yvonne
  • Alyssa McClelland .... Chantelle
  • Gyton Grantley .... Dominic
  • Amie Mckenna .... Delores
  • Rohan Nicol .... Paul
  • Tony Barry .... Dr Savage
  • Helen Thomson .... Tina
  • Jo-Anne Cahill .... Sylvia
  • Lynne McGimpsey .... Josephina
  • Manuel Terron .... Rudi
  • Rowan Jackson .... Nigel
  • Vasa Gavriloska .... Svetlana
  • Chris Kennedy .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

A man's gotta do (what a man's gotta do) is the tale of a loveable Aussie larrikin who spends most of his time fishing but has a sideline in crime. It's as much a hobby as it is a profession as it helps him unwind at the end of a long, hard day at the nets. Like you do. It's a small film - as much involved with the ongoing soap opera that is the life of Eddy's family and friends - but that doesn't mean it isn't worth watching. After all, size isn't everything.

John Howard does a remarkable acting job, coming across as more Eddy than Johnny. That's a good thing, especially for a character who would be easy to turn into a caricature. Gyton Grantley makes a good newbie offsider. And he's kind of cute. In a geeky kind of way.

A man's gotta do has a lovely, dark sense of humour, which is an important aspect of the Australian cinema; the blacker the comedy, the better. Any film with a lead character named Chantelle is a comedy. Don't you worry about that.

See A man's gotta do before it disappears onto DVD rental: the big screen adds a sparkle that mere television cannot capture. Enjoy.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Featurettes: A Director's gotta do: the Producer's cut - The making of "A man's gotta do"
    • Trailers: Upcoming releases

Security censorship classification

M (Low level sex scenes, low level violence, sexual references)

Surveillance time

93 minutes (1:33 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 4 November 2004
DVD rental: 27 April 2005
VHS rental: 27 April 2005

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