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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
Wake in Fright -- Trailer for Wake in Fright

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Director:
Writers:
Evan Jones (screenplay)
Kenneth Cook (based on the novel "Wake in Fright" by)
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Release Date:
1971 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have some dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here.
Plot:
After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Every blow hits home See more (66 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
Nelson (as Nelson-the fighting kangaroo)
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 "Wake in Fright" 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 (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anthony Buckley 
 
Casting by
Jill Dempster 
John Merrick 
 
Art Direction by
Dennis Gentle 
 
Costume Design by
Ron Williams (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Monica Dawkins .... makeup artist
Robert Hynard .... hairdressing
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Rubie .... first assistant director
Philip Austin .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Falloon .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Jim McElroy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Appleton .... sound recording
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
 
Location Management
John Shaw .... location manager
 
Music Department
John Scott .... conductor
Vic Flick .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Rolf Harris .... music adviser (uncredited)
John Scott .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rita Cavill .... continuity
Vivian Holmes .... production secretary
Philip Moylan .... production accountant
Fred Hift .... publicist: Great Britain and Europe (uncredited)
Lynda Levy .... producer assistant: post-production (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Antonio Saillant .... thanks (uncredited)
 

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  • EFilm Australia  Wake in Fright has been digitally restored by (as Efilm Australia)
  • Ellis/Wright  titles (as Ellis-Wright)
  • JOS Records  music soundtrack available on (uncredited)
  • NFSA  in collaboration with: Wake in Fright has been digitally restored by (as the NFSA)
  • National Film & Sound Archive of Australia  this print is from (as the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia) (as National Film & Sound Archive Australia also)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Outback" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK, USA
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Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:M (2009) | France:12 | Japan:R15+ (2014) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:M18 | UK:X (original rating: as Outback also) | UK:18 (video rating) (2014) | UK:18 (re-rating) (re-release) (2013) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie had been out of circulation for decades because the negative went missing, sparking an international search. After a ten-year quest veteran Australian producer Anthony Buckley finally tracked it down in mid-2004 in a Pittsburgh warehouse, inside a shipping container marked "For Destruction".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When John first meets Doc in the steakhouse, Doc's beer can switches from hand to hand whilst he is drinking.See more »
Quotes:
'Doc' Tydon:I'm a doctor of medicine. And a tramp by temperament. I'm also an alcoholic. My disease prevented me from practicing in Sydney. But out here it's scarcely noticeable.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Old Grey MareSee more »

FAQ

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Every blow hits home, 18 July 2002
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

Yet another first-class film made in Australia by foreigners (a Canadian director working for a British studio), during the long period from World War II to the early 1970s when Australian cinema lay fallow. Like many other good ones - "The Overlanders" (1946), "They're a Weird Mob" (1966), "Age of Consent" (1969), "Walkabout" (1971) - although "Walkabout" is more seriously flawed than the others I've named - it doesn't feel like a foreign film; it feels as if the director made an honest attempt to be Australian, and succeeded. It's interesting that all these films are British. American films shot in Australia during the same period are, without qualification, American films; one scarcely even notices that "On the Beach" was shot in Melbourne rather than, say, Capetown or Tierra del Fuego, however many trams and banksias there may be.

The central character is clearly English; just as clearly, he doesn't like Australia. But I suspect that even in 1971 a greater proportion of Australians would have felt themselves to have been trapped in Hell if they'd been in his circumstances, than English. A greater proportion of Australians, then as now, live in cities, and the outback is further away from over 90% of Australians than anything is from anyone in England.

It's interesting that this fellow should be so RIGHT about everything (The Yabba IS a "bloody terrible" place, the hospitality he encounters DOES border on aggression, the game of two-up IS about as simple-minded and dull as it's possible for a game of chance to be), and yet be such an unsympathetic, unimaginative prig with scarcely more insight than he has backbone. He always needs a local to tell him what's going on and even then he doesn't get it. Yet we follow him with fascination and real concern all the same.

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