Came A Hot Friday
Luck runs out for two bumbling con men when they arrive in a sleepy New Zealand country town in 1949. Their horse-racing scam is uncovered. But at the same time there's arson at the local billiard saloon. And the Tainuia Kid is watching it all.
Came a Hot Friday is a rollicking comic adventure set in 1949 against a background of horseracing, gambling, fast cars and loose women.
Came a Hot Friday is based on the novel of the same name by Ronald Hugh Morrieson, described by Maurice Shadbolt as "by far the funniest book ever written by a New Zealander."
Producer Larry Parr had been a fan of Morrieson's novels for ten years, with his favourite being Came a Hot Friday. It was also the novel he felt was best suited to the film medium. Parr bought the option on the novel and took the project to director Ian Mune, who he had met while working on Sleeping Dogs.