Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster They're A Weird Mob
They're a Weird Mob is a 1966 Australian film based on the novel of the same name by John O'Grady under the pen name "Nino Culotta", the name of the main character of the book. It was the penultimate collaboration of the British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They're a Weird Mob was optioned in 1959 by Gregory Peck but he could not come up with a workable screenplay. He sold the rights 3 years later and the film went into production in 1965. Starring in the film were Chips Rafferty, Jacki Weaver, Tony Bonner and Ed Devereaux. They're a Weird Mob grossed $2,417,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $26,127,770 in 2009 dollars. But in 1968 John McCallum wrote that of the $2 million the film had then earned, only $400,000 had been returned to the filmmakers. It is now considered to be an Australian Classic.