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Harvie Krumpet (2003)

The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck.

Director:

Adam Elliot

Writer:

Adam Elliot
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Geoffrey Rush ... Narrator (voice)
Kamahl Kamahl ... Statue of Horace (voice)
John Flaus ... Harvie (voice)
Julie Forsyth Julie Forsyth ... Baby Harvie / Lilliana / Church Singer (voice)
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Storyline

The sad, strange life of Harvie, who is born into an impoverished Middle European existence, and whose one constant is the book of "fakts" he keeps adding to, worn around his neck. After a childhood tragedy, he emigrates to Australia, where he has a succession of menial jobs, eventually ending up in a retirement home. Along the way, he has a string of bad luck, leaving him with, among other things, a steel plate in his skull that becomes a magnet. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them ...and then there are others.


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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

AUD377,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first feature film from writer/director Adam Elliot who previously wrote & directed 3 short films titled: "Brother", "Uncle" & "Cousin". Adam Elliot would later write & direct his second feature film "Mary & Max" which would end up being an award winning animated film. See more »

Goofs

Harvie's 65th birthday - and Val's death - should take place in in 1987, in accordance with the title card indicating that Harvie was born in 1922, but Val's gravestone states that she died in 1984. See more »

Quotes

Statue of Horace: Seize the day, Harvie. Seize the day. Carpe Diem.
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Connections

Referenced in Mary and Max (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Dies Irae
from Messa da Requiem
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Published by Sony Masterworks
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A Gamut of Emotions
18 March 2004 | by stella-100See all my reviews

What a fantastic 20 minutes!! I watched this on SBS the other night, and I was utterly charmed. Its funny, poignant, touching, sad and has a few life lessons we could all take on board. Adam Elliot deservedly won the Oscar for this one. Its charmingly narrated by Geoffrey Rush who has such a wonderful voice, it shows the entire lifetime of a Polish boy who moves to Australia to start a new life when his parents are killed in a tragic accident.

Bad luck seems to plague the lovable character, he lives alone, endures illness, falls in love, has a family and ends up realising some truths about life. I saw an interview with Elliot on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope programme and he is as utterly charming and humble as his little character, everything from his mum knitting Harvie's costumes to being awestruck at the Oscars. He is destined for big things. Dont miss it!


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