While doing serious time for the kidnapping of a judge, notorious armed robber, torturer, and murderer Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read (Eric Bana) carries on a longstanding feud with mobster Keithy George (David Field), eventually stabbing him to death in the yard.
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When Keithy's friends put out a $10,000 contract on him, Chopper just laughs it off. But when his best friend (Simon Lyndon) stabs him repeatedly in an attempt to collect, Chopper knows he's in trouble. Arranging to have his own ears sliced off, he wins release by claiming that the injuries are the result of an attempt on his life.
Now back on the streets of Melbourne, Chopper alternately works as a paid informer for the police and carries on a longstanding fued with a big-time drug dealer (Vince Colosimo), who Chopper shot in the leg a decade ago.
When the increasingly paranoid Chopper shoots and kills a criminal (Serge Liistro) who may or may not have been planning to collect on one of the many contracts on his life, he goes on a trial in the middle of a media circus and begins to fall in love with the limelight.
The review of this Movie prepared by James Craver
This movie tells the true story of the Australian criminal and author Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read. He killed 19 drug dealers, but was only charged for one of the murders. However, he wasn't convicted. He did, however spend most of his adult life in jail for other crimes. While in jail he wrote a book about his life and it became a best seller. This movie tells his story while he was in prision in 1978 and his life in 1986.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer
CHOPPER is an Australian movie written and directed by Andrew Dominik in 2000.
Based on the true story and the autobiographical books of bestselling author Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read, CHOPPER describes a few episodes of Mark Read's life. This character spent most of his life in prison but was never convicted for the 16 murders he's committed over the years. Chopper's main criminal activity consisted of killing drug dealers. He became the most well-known criminal of Australia because of his eccentricities and his socializing.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler