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

PG  |   |  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 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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In Paris, the traffic is murder. See more »


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This movie is arguably the first of the Australian "car" movies that would prove significant in the new Australian film revival of the 1970s and into the 1980s [See Also: Stone (1974), The F.J. Holden (1977), In Search of Anna (1978), Summer City (1977), Backroads (1977), Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Midnite Spares (1983), Running on Empty (1982), Dead End Drive-In (1986) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)]. 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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Quirky, dark film surprises
6 June 2012 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is a well made, at times bleak, dark and funny film - you never quite know what to expect. This is no more obvious than with the start of the film which commences with what appears to be a sexed up cigarette commercial (the kind that would have invariably preceded the film when it was in cinemas) featuring a hot couple blasting about in their convertible. This all ends very, suddenly and very badly and decades later Tarantino would steal/borrow the same device and make it the pivotal moment in Deathproof...

The film drifts along introducing you to a fairly bizarre town called Paris in the Australian countryside and there is a lot of brooding and suspense but it doesn't really build because you never know quite what is what or what will come next.

The film terminates with a fantastic scene of violence that I will not reveal in any detail here. It really, really appealed to my sense of humor and I hope it does yours - if you take the time to see it.


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