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Wake in Fright -- 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
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Director:
Writers:
Evan Jones (screenplay)
Kenneth Cook (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
21 July 1971 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have some dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(176 articles)
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User Reviews:
Quite Possibly The Most Realistic Film I've Ever Seen See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Donald Pleasence ... Doc Tydon
Gary Bond ... John Grant
Chips Rafferty ... Jock Crawford
Sylvia Kay ... Janette Hynes

Jack Thompson ... Dick
Peter Whittle ... Joe
Al Thomas ... Tim Hynes

John Meillon ... 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
Tex Foote ... Stubbs
Colin Hughes ... Stockman
Jacko Jackson ... Van Driver
Nancy Knudsen ... Robyn
Dawn Lake ... Joyce
Harry Lawrence ... Higgins
Robert McDarra ... Pig Eyes (as Bob McDarra)
Carlo Manchini ... Poker Player (as Carlo Marchini)
Liam Reynolds ... Miner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Piper ... Two Up Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Ted Kotcheff 
 
Writing credits
Evan Jones (screenplay)

Kenneth Cook (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Howard G. Barnes .... executive producer
Bill Harmon .... executive producer
Maurice Singer .... associate producer (as Maurice A. Singer)
George Willoughby .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Scott 
 
Cinematography by
Brian West 
 
Film Editing by
Anthony Buckley 
 
Casting by
Jill Dempster 
John Merrick 
 
Production Design by
Dennis Gentle 
 
Art Direction by
Dennis Gentle 
 
Costume Design by
Ron Williams (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Monica Dawkins .... makeup artist
Robert Hynard .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Rubie .... first assistant director
Philip Austin .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Falloon .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Appleton .... sound recordist
Keith Palmer .... sound editor
Hugh Strain .... sound mixer
Tim Wellburn .... sound editor
Eddy Joseph .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John R. McLean .... camera operator (as John McLean)
Tony Tegg .... gaffer
Peter Hannan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Peter Hannan .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Williams .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Thom Noble .... post-production coordinator
 
Other crew
Rita Cavill .... continuity
Vivian Holmes .... production secretary
Lynda Levy .... producer assistant: post-production
John Shaw .... location manager
Fred Hift .... publicist: Great Britain and Europe (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Antonio Saillant .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Outback" - UK, USA
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M (2009) | France:-12 | Japan:R15+ (2014) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:M18 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R
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Trivia:
It is likely that the town of Bundanyabba is based on Broken Hill in NSW, the town where much was filmed. The train is seen arriving at Bundanyabba Sulphide St station, and Sulphide St is a genuine station in Broken Hill. Broken Hill is one of the most isolated inland city in Australia.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After arriving and checking into his room Grant goes for a drink in a hotel. It has interior notices saying "The Miners Hotel". This is where he meets Jock the Policeman. But a little later people are seen to be playing poker or slot machines which were not at that time in hotels. They also have to stand for "The Oath", a ritual only held at RSL Returned Servicemans clubs. Finally they are seen leaving the Imperial Hotel to walk across to the two up game for a feed.See more »
Quotes:
Dick:[referring to John Grant] What's the matter with him? He'd rather talk to a woman than drink?
Tim Hynes:Schoolteacher.
Dick:Oh.
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Movie Connections:
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Soundtrack:
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62 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Quite Possibly The Most Realistic Film I've Ever Seen, 21 August 2005
Author: Sturgeon54 from United States

The first time I watched this, I really didn't know what to make of it; it was so different from any other film I had ever seen. It seemed as if it was filmed with virtually no budget, the sets and atmosphere were completely dingy, the setting and much of the language was foreign to me, and it felt like a kind of homemade independent film. However, upon a second viewing, I see it for the richly-textured masterpiece that it is, and for the awesome attention to detail that must have gone into it which I had taken for granted the first time.

There have been other films with similar subject matter in alternate settings of cultured men reduced to a kind of forgotten primitivity, but I think the thing that sets this movie apart is the fact that director Ted Kotcheff remains completely neutral toward all of the characters - both the cultured schoolteacher as well as the locals. By the end of the film, no character remains unscathed, and yet no character is completely without sympathy, either. It must be quite difficult for a director to remain impartial, especially when most stories require audience sympathy for a protagonist versus an antagonist for story momentum. This impartiality establishes an incredible realism in the film which is difficult to shake off. Here, as in life, things just happen to the main character organically - whether there is any rhyme, reason, or moral to any of it is the complete burden of the audience to figure out.

Another key aspect to the film is its universality. Most people would like to believe that in the modern world, and especially a modern country such as Australia or the U.S, that such ugly colloquial primitivity has been largely purged from polite society, but they would be quite wrong. I can equate some of my own personal experiences with those of the main character in this film, and so felt an uncomfortable recognition as I was watching this. Moroever, virtually every scene in the film I could envision actually occurring - something I cannot say about any other I can think of. Sam Peckinpah's filmic explorations of perverse masculinity, some of Samuel Fuller's work, and "Deliverance" are the only movies that achieve something close to the kind of effect this movie has, and even Peckinpah felt the need to resort to flashy cinematic stylistics to get his points across.

This movie has not aged one bit, and probably never will. It is a tragedy that it has all but disappeared even in its own country of Australia. Director Kotcheff displayed an amazing early talent; it is too bad that his career never reached another peak like this - even in "First Blood" and "Uncommon Valor" - two of his other films with similar themes. And that the same man ended up directing "Weekend at Bernie's" and episodes of "Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries"!!! The world is a crazy place, and one need only watch this film to realize this fact.

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