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The Cars That Eat People (1974)
"The Cars That Ate Paris" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Mystery  -  June 1976 (USA)
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The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Mayor
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Arthur Waldo
Kevin Miles ...
Dr. Midland
Rick Scully ...
George Waldo
Max Gillies ...
Metcalfe
Danny Adcock ...
Policeman
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Charlie
Kevin Golsby ...
Insurance man
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Darryl
Peter Armstrong ...
Gorman
Joe Burrow ...
Ganger
Deryck Barnes ...
Al Smedley
Edward Howell ...
Tringham
Max Phipps ...
Mulray
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Beth
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A small town in rural Australia (Paris) makes its living by causing car accidents and salvaging any valuables from the wrecks. Into this town come brothers Arthur and George. George is killed when the Parisians cause their car to crash, but Arthur survives and is brought into the community as an orderly at the hospital. But Paris is not problem free. Not only do the Parisians have to be careful of outsiders (such as insurance investigators), but they also have to cope with the young people of the town who are dissatisfied with the status quo. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Reportedly, this film was turned-down for screening in competition at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival because it was "too violent" and "too gruesome". The September-October 1974 edition of the Australian 'Movie News' magazine ran an article on this film with the headline: "The Aust. [Australian] film considered too gruesome for Cannes!". The film however did screen there out of competition in the market and was sold to a US major distributor. See more »

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At the end of the movie, when the Mayor gives Arthur instructions how to drive and smash the punk's car, his fake beard changes places between shots (under his chin - on his right cheek). See more »

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Arthur Waldo: I can drive!
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Referenced in Mad Max (1979) See more »

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Superb film, very dark
30 March 2003 | by (Belfast) – See all my reviews

Of course the cars don't literally 'eat' Paris... This film was a good indication of what Peter Weir was capable of over twenty years before he made 'The Truman Show.' This is a strange movie, set in a weird town in a barren outback landscape where the normal rules of western society are being quietly ignored by the citizens for their own ends. There are peculiar parallels with 'Mad Max,' and I wonder if Australians are somehow daunted by the vastness of their own country, what it might conceal and their reliance on the automobile. 'The Cars That Ate Paris' is a gothic horror which takes a glancing swipe at consumerism and how it disassociates small communities. This is flagged right at the beginning with the opening parody of a cigarette commercial (also killers!) ending in the first wreck. There are lashings of black humour like this and a few things to say about religion and the cult of the car. A fine low-budget film.


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