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Wake in Fright -- Directed by Ted Kotcheff (Rambo - First Blood, North Dallas Forty), the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher's descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia.
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
Wake in Fright -- 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.
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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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Awards:
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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" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK, USA
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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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:
John Grant's comments about moonlight - "like snow on the desert's dusty face" - is taken from 'The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam', Quatrain 14.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When John first meets Doc in the steakhouse, Doc's beer can switches from hand to hand while he is drinking.See more »
Quotes:
Van Driver:[John is declining an invitation from the stranger who gave him a ride in a jeep] Come on, come and have a drink.
John Grant:Look mate, I've given up drinking for a while.
Van Driver:What's wrong with you, you bastard? Why don't you come and drink with me? I've just brought you fifty miles in the heat and dust, and you won't drink with me? What's wrong with you?
John Grant:What's the matter with you people, huh? Sponge on you, burn your house down, murder your wife, rape your child, that's all right. But you don't have a drink, a flaming bloody drink with you, and it's a criminal offence, it's the end of the bloody world!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Australian Movies to the World (1983) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
She'll be coming around the mountainSee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
DVD release?, 28 November 2004
Author: Trevor from Sydney, Australia

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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