Romper Stomper ★★ 1992 (R)
Violent confrontations between Australian skinheads and the Vietnamese community mixed in with a disturbed love story. Suburban rich girl Gabe (McKenzie) is drawn to the charasmatic Hando (Crowe), the certifiably loony leader of a group of Melbourne's skinheads. Any romance takes a backseat to the carnage brought by the skinheads' attacks on the local Asian community, who fight back with equal force. Disquieting look at a brutal world which can't be ignored. Film caused a furor upon its Australian release with debates about whether the extreme violence was intended to titilate or explicate the plot. An unrated version at 89 minutes is also available. 85m/C VHS, DVD . AU Alex Scott, Leigh Russell, Daniel Wyllie, James McKenna, Samantha Bladon, Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Pollock; D: Geoffrey Wright; W: Geoffrey Wright; C: Ron Hagen; M: John Clifford White. Australian Film Inst. '92: Actor (Crowe), Sound, Score.