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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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Sweet Home Bundanyabba, where the skies are grim. See more (52 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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Charlie mentions Ned Kelly. Ned Kelly is an infamous bushranger/ bandit/ folk hero in Australia and subject of several films - the earliest from 1906 and the most recent from 2003.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Grant leaves the hotel bar in Tiboonda, he takes one last swig of beer - leaving his glass half full. In the next shot, when the camera focuses on the interior of the bar, his glass is now empty.See more »
Quotes:
'Doc' Tydon:The aim of what you call civilisation is a man in a smokin' jacket, whiskey and soda, pressing a bottom... button, to destroy a planet a billion miles away, and kill a billion people he's never seen.See more »
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Soundtrack:
The Old Grey MareSee more »

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41 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Sweet Home Bundanyabba, where the skies are grim., 19 January 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Outback" is unlike any other film ever made and quite impossible to categorize. If the movie taught me anything at all, it's that the Aussies can drink seriously hard and loads of it. They even drink till they pass out and then immediately open another can when they come to their senses again. I thought only Belgians did that. You cannot possibly count the amount of beer cans and bottles that are consumed in this film and the most repeated line of text/monologue is without a doubt: "C'mon mate, let's have a drink then". Based on the novel by Kenneth Cook, "Outback" tells the story of a young school teacher visiting the little outback community of Bundanyabba, where the local population is so hospitable and acts so familiar it becomes truly disturbing. They fill their days with drinking, gambling, getting involved in bar fights, drinking again, kangaroo hunting and drinking some more. John initially disapproves their savage habits and looks somewhat down upon the villagers, but slowly and gradually he becomes one of them as he wastes his entire year salary on booze and primitive roulette games. "Outback" is very slow-paced and moody. Sometimes you can literally taste the copious amounts of liquor and experience the heat of the Aussie summer. The noticeable heat, together with the feeling pure geographical isolation truly makes the film disturbing and uncomfortable as hell. "Outback" works effectively as psychological drama but even more as the non-fictional portrait about a society that is largely unknown and unspoken of. The footage of the kangaroo hunting trip is haunting and very, very depressing. I was really relieved when, during the end credits, a message appeared on the screen to state that no real kangaroos were harmed during the production. The film mostly benefices from astonishingly mesmerizing photography, superb music and Ted Kotcheff's solid direction. The versatile and brilliant actor Donald Pleasance is even convincing as an Aussie drunkard and the rest of the relatively unknown cast delivers great performances as well. This is one of them unique movies you only encounter a couple of times in a lifetime, but it's incredibly obscure so if you find a copy treasure it. So mate … shall we have a beer then?

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