Release date22 November 1996 WriterDon Catchlove, Terry Hayes Initial releaseNovember 22, 1996 (United Kingdom) CastColin Friels (Wally Mellish), Jacqueline McKenzie (Beryl Muddle), Ken Radley (Mr. Morgan), Graham Rouse (Fred), Elaine Cusick (Mrs. McIntyre), Jonathan Hardy (Reverend McIntyre) ScreenplayTerry Hayes, Don Catchlove Similar moviesColin Friels appears in Mr Reliable and Malcolm, Nadia Tass directed Mr Reliable and Amy, Loves Brother (2004), Dirty Deeds (2002), Stark
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Mr. Reliable is a 1996 film directed by Nadia Tass. It stars Colin Friels and Jacqueline McKenzie. It tells the true story of Wally Mellish, an ex-convict in 1960s Australia. Just released from prison, all he wants to do is live a quiet life with his girlfriend Beryl. A misunderstanding, quickly gets out of control, when two police officers pay him a visit, resulting in Wally, Beryl and her child being trapped in their house. Surrounded by armed police, the community is under the impression that Wally is holding everyone hostage. Events quickly spiral into a media circus as, through the siege, Wally - inadvertently - manages to become a symbol for the anti-war movement.
Terry Hayes was attached to produce the film. He showed a script to Nadia Tass, who liked the story and the characters but wanted it rewritten. Hayes made the changes and Tass came on board to direct. Also released as My Entire Life.