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The Nugget

Year: 2002
Production Co: Overseas Film Group
Director: Bill Bennett
Producer: Bill Bennett
Writer: Bill Bennett
Cast: Eric Bana, Belinda Emmett, Stephen Curry, Peter Moon, Vince Colosimo, Max Cullen, Chris Haywood, Jean Kitson

After getting The Call from Ridley Scott for Black Hawk Down, Eric Bana might have hedged his bets by returning home to Aus to do another The Castle -flavoured comedy in case it all went pear shaped for him in Hollywood. Troy, Hulk and Munich are of course history so it's possible he doesn't even count this among his canon.

He plays one of three layabout council workers who uncover a huge nugget of gold and realise they and their wives and girlfriends have it made. But riches aren't as easy as they all hope and it take many comedies of errors to remind them they were happier when they were just three bozos sitting around idle on building sites.

A bit of a casting call of Australian talent at the time fill out the cast but aside from a few laughs it's just one of many lackluster big screen comedies that were coming from our shores at the time.

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