Romper Stomper (1992)

Romper Stomper Quote: “We came to wreck everything, and ruin your life. God sent us.” – Sonny Jim

Gene’s comment that he didn’t “enjoy Australian cinema” triggered quite a few rebuttals in the form of Shat The Movies commissions. And neo-Nazi drama “Romper Stomper” just might be the one that changed his mind.

Before there was 2000’s “Gladiator” or 2012’s “Les Miserables,” a young Russell Crowe was looking mighty fine while sporting tighty whities, engaging in some ultraviolence, and throwing in a little surprise doggystyle. But make no mistake, “”Romper Stomper”” was a serious film that straddled the line between zombie movie and “”American History X.”” And it made some points that are incredibly relevant today.

In this episode, the Shat Crew discusses odd editing choices, racist stereotypes, the history of Footscray and the tragic tale of Crowe’s co-star Daniel Pollock.

Plot Summary: “Romper Stomper” Hando (Russell Crowe) and Davey (Daniel Pollock) are the leaders of a racist youth gang who spend their nights attacking Asian immigrants in a rough section of Melbourne. On the run after losing badly in a fight against the new Vietnamese owners of their local pub, the pair hook up with teenage junkie Gabe (Jacqueline McKenzie), who suggests robbing the mansion of her rich and sexually abusive father (Alex Scott). But the girl’s presence begins to drive a wedge between the longtime friends.

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