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The Big Steal

1h 40m Comedy, Australia, Australian 1990
Best Screenplay - AFI Award Winner

A shy teen-aged boy buys a used Jaguar in the hopes of impressing a girl.

On Monday, Danny Clark (Ben Mendelsohn, Spotswood, Black and White) is the reluctant recipient of a birthday present he would rather forget, his father’s old Nissan Cedric. By Tuesday, he has asked the beautiful Joanna Johnson (Claudia Karvan, The Secret Life of Us, Dating the Enemy) out on a date. The only problem is, he promised to pick her up in a Jaguar. In a tight fix and desperate to impress, Danny trades the Nissan Cedric in for a Jaguar, only to be ripped off by a dodgy used car salesman, Gordon Farkas (Steve Bisley). With his mates in tow and revenge on their minds, Danny sets out to rectify wrongs and finish his dream date better than it started.

Written by David Parker and Directed by Nadia Tass, The Big Steal was nominated for 9 AFI Awards, features a classic performance by Steve Bisley as the sleazy used car salesman, and is filled with quirky comedy, beautiful characters and poignant moments that will ‘steal’ your heart.


Ben Mendelsohn (Danny Clark) , Claudia Karvan (Joanna Johnson) , Marshall Napier (Desmond Clark)


Nadia Tass



Closed Captions [CC]