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Wake in Fright (1971)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  21 July 1971 (France)
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John Grant, a bonded teacher, arrives in a rough outback mining town planning to stay overnight before starting his holiday. But one night stretches to several and with the aid of alcohol he plunges headlong toward his own destruction.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Doc Tydon
Gary Bond ...
John Grant
Chips Rafferty ...
Jock Crawford
Sylvia Kay ...
Janette Hynes
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Dick
Peter Whittle ...
Joe
Al Thomas ...
Tim Hynes
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Charlie
John Armstrong ...
Atkins
Slim DeGrey ...
Jarvis (as Slim De Grey)
Maggie Dence ...
Receptionist
Norm Erskine ...
Joe the Cook (as Norman Erskine)
Owen Moase ...
1st Controller
John Dalleen ...
2nd Controller
Buster Fiddess ...
Charlie Jones
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Storyline

Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But his one night stretches to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left... Written by Anonymous

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Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have some dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here.

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21 July 1971 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$6,761 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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$50,394 (USA) (21 December 2012)
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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, the "artificial" banknotes printed for shooting the "Two-Up" gambling sequence looked so realistic that two extras were later arrested for trying to pass them off as genuine currency. See more »

Goofs

When John first meets Doc in the steakhouse, Doc's beer can switches from hand to hand while he is drinking. See more »

Quotes

Tim Hynes: [John has just walked into a bar] New to the 'Yabba?
John Grant: New to the 'Yabba.
Tim Hynes: You like the old place?
John Grant: No, I think it's bloody awful.
Tim Hynes: You don't like the 'Yabba?
John Grant: No!
Tim Hynes: [pauses] Will you have a drink?
John Grant: No, I'm toying with this one, thanks.
Tim Hynes: Well, drink it down. I'll buy you another.
John Grant: Look, I'm flat broke and I can't afford to drink!
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Connections

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The Old Grey Mare
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DVD release?
28 November 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I have been wanting to see this film again for many years. Now that the negative has been recovered hopefully it will get a new lease of life, similar to the many other classic Australian films that have been re-released recently on DVD here in Australia. In a year (2003-4) when Australian films have fared poorly at the box office, particularly on a local level, it is worth looking back at a film like 'Wake in Fright' and understand that some of the best Australian films are the ones that look critically at life in Australia (in all its diversity) and at the mythologies that are generally perceived as representative of Australian national culture. In the case of 'Wake in Fright' it took a foreign director with a wonderful Australian cast to do that.


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