Spotswood / The Efficiency Expert (1991)

Una favola alla Frank Capra ambientata negli anni '60, con Russell Crowe in un ruolo marginale 

Spotswood the movie - with Russell Crowe
Titolo originale:  Spotswood
Nazione:  Australia
Anno:  1991
Genere:  Commedia
Durata:  97'
Regia:  Mark Joffe
Sceneggiatura: Max Dann, Andrew Knight
Musiche: Ricky Fataar
Fotografia: Ellery Ryan
Montaggio: Nicholas Beauman
Scenografia: Hugh Bateup
Costumi:  Tess Schofield
Cast: Russell Crowe (Kim Barry)
Anthony Hopkins (Errol Wallace)
Ben Mendelsohn (Carey)
Alwyn Kurts (Mr. Ball)
Bruno Lawrence (padre di Carey)
John Walton (Jerry Finn)
Rebecca Rigg (Cheryl Ball)
Toni Collette (Wendy Robinson)
Angela Punch McGregor (Caroline Wallace)
Daniel Wyllie (Frank Fletcher)
Produttori: Richerd Brennan, Timothy White)
Produzione: AFFC; Autralian Film Commission; Film Victoria; Meridian Films; Smiley Productions
Spotswood

la trama

In Australia, a Spotswood, il proprietario di una fabbrica di scarpe non piu' competitiva  chiama il consulente Errol Wallace per tentare di risollevare le sorti dell'azienda. Quando questo arriva nella fabbrica, trova gli operai molto piu' interessati a chiacchierare di futilita' che a produrre scarpe. Scopre che il proprietario della fabbrica, Mr. Ball, e' riuscito a mantenere a galla l'azienda vendendo progressivamente tutte le sue proprieta'. Wallace propone di razionalizzare la produzione introducendo delle innovazioni nel processo di produzione, ma si scontra con la resistenza degli operai. Quindi, come ultima risorsa, propone a Mr. Ball il licenziamento di una parte del personale. Ma piu' tempo trascorre a Spotswood, piu' l'efficientissimo Wallace diventa umano, e alla fine riesce a salvare la fabbrica dalla bancarotta senza dover licenziare nessuno degli operai.

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- da Murph: Interview with Anthony Hopkins in Total Film (UK) February 2006

[...] One of the people I got to know years ago, which was a great privilege, was Laurence Olivier. He seemed to be like a racing driver as an actor. He was like a laser – that was his power. And the only actor I’ve met since who had that same quality of laser-like determination is Russell Crowe.

You worked with Crowe right at the start of his career on an Australian film called Spotswood…

The first day I started working with him, I thought, “That guys got it!” The best way to describe Russell is like a shark, he’s like a shark circling around. You could see it in the way he was figuring things out. Just before he became the big hit in LA Confidential, I was asked if I would do a film interview about him. They asked me about him, and I said, “Oh yeah, I could see it in him, he was different from the other guys.” He was argumentative. He argued with the director all the time. And I said to the director, “Listen to him, he’s got a point. He’s good – let him do it!”

Did you see yourself as a younger man in Russell?

Yeah, I did. There’s a photograph of me here from 1970 (pulls out photo). This young lady gave it to me and I looked at it and I thought, “I was a bad boy then.” I thought, “God, this is an unhappy camper, but… Boy! I’d take on anyone back then!”

I don’t know Russell that well, but I admire him and, you know, whatever he’s got to do really. I really like him, because he’s ballsy, he’s got guts; he’s macho and all the rest of it. He’s going through his bad boy period, but he’s basically a nice guy. [...]

 

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