Posted: Wed., Jan. 1, 1992
(Australia) Seon. Director Geoffrey Wright; Producer Daniel Scharf, Ian Pringle; Screenplay Geoffrey Wright; Camera Ron Hagen; Editor Bill Murphy; Music John Clifford White; Art Director Steven Jones-Evans
By VARIETY STAFF
Romper Stomper is a Clockwork Orange without the intellect. In many ways genuinely appalling, pic centers on a gang of moronic neo-Nazi skinheads who regularly do battle with Melbourne's Vietnamese community.
Russell Crowe gives a powerful performance as skinhead leader Hando, a brute with a veneer of charm whose bible is Mein Kampf. The late Daniel Pollock is also impressive as Davey, his friend and lieutenant. Gang is joined by Gabe (Jacqueline McKenzie), a spaced-out drug addict whose father (Alex Scott) has abused her in an incestuous relationship.
When gang attacks Vietnamese in the process of purchasing the skinheads' favorite bar, the 'gooks' (as they're called) counter-attack with a large force, driving the skinheads from their warehouse base in a long, brutally violent battle sequence.
Pic is well acted and directed with a certain slickness. (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 92 MIN.