Hoodwink (1981)

Director
Claude Whatham

Main cast
John Hargreaves; Judy Davis

Genres
Crime, Drama, Romance

Description
Hoodwink is based on the true story of an Australian con artist who briefly won the hearts of the media (if not the authorities). John Hargreaves stars as a criminal serving time in a New South Wales prison. He's not partial to the physical labor required of the convicts, so he hits upon a labor-saving plan. Hargreaves pretends to be totally blind, thus lightening his work load....and carries off the hoax for years.


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