Like a young Richard Burton with added testosterone, Russell Crowe dominates the screen in this 1992 tale of racist skinheads. But unlike his later turn as a violent-yet-loyal cop in LA Confidential, Crowe’s character here, Hando, is a Mein Kampf-reading neo-Nazi devoid of redeeming features. For evidence, watch as Hando leads his gang in a vicious attack on Vietnamese immigrants, the cue for writer/director Geoffrey Wright to deliver a gruelling but brilliantly choreographed fight-cum-chase scene.
Like all yoof rampage flicks, Romper Stomper’s internal logic demands high tragedy. This duly arrives when Hando goes on the run with best mate Davey (Daniel Pollock) and slumming rich girl Gabe (Jacqueline McKenzie). An Aussie Made In Britain that’s as brutal and harsh as a punch to the face.