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Director:
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Peter Weir (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1976 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
They're the cars that ate Paris. See more »
Plot:
The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(20 articles)
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User Reviews:
Weir at his weirdest. See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Meillon ... The Mayor

Terry Camilleri ... Arthur Waldo
Kevin Miles ... Dr. Midland
Rick Scully ... George Waldo
Max Gillies ... Metcalfe
Danny Adcock ... Policeman

Bruce Spence ... Charlie
Kevin Golsby ... Insurance man

Chris Haywood ... Darryl
Peter Armstrong ... Gorman
Joe Burrow ... Ganger
Deryck Barnes ... Al Smedley
Edward Howell ... Tringham
Max Phipps ... Mulray

Melissa Jaffer ... Beth
Tim Robertson ... Les
Herbie Nelson ... Man in House
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlie Metcalfe ... Clive Smedley (uncredited)
Frank Saba ... Con Lexus (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Weir 
 
Writing credits
Peter Weir (screenplay)

Peter Weir (story) and
Keith Gow (story) and
Piers Davies (story)

Produced by
Hal McElroy .... producer
Jim McElroy .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bruce Smeaton 
 
Cinematography by
John R. McLean  (as John McLean)
 
Film Editing by
Wayne LeClos 
 
Art Direction by
David Copping  (as David R. Copping)
 
Makeup Department
Liz Michie .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ross Matthews .... assistant director
Chris Noonan .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Neil Angwin .... property master
John Denton .... construction manager
Mont Fieguth .... stand-by propman (as Monty Fieguth)
 
Sound Department
Sara Bennett .... sound editor
Peter Fenton .... sound mixer
Ken Hammond .... sound recordist
Michael Midlam .... boom operator
Phil Judd .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jimmy Allen .... clapper loader
David Burr .... focus puller
Andrew Fraser .... camera operator
Peter James .... camera operator
Graeme Mardell .... key grip (as Grahame Mardell)
Tony Tegg .... gaffer
Richard Wallace .... camera operator
Rob Young .... best boy (as Robbie Young)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Williams .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Cardin .... negative cutter
Tomash Pokorry .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bruce Smeaton .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Alf Blight .... action vehicles
 
Other crew
Gilda Baracchi .... continuity
Anthony G. Furse .... qalar effects
Tom Hogan .... location manager
Pam Oliver .... production secretary
Pauline Ryan .... production accountant
Harry Williams .... caterer
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Cars That Ate Paris" - Australia (original title)
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Runtime:
91 min | USA:74 min (cut)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
First theatrical feature film of director Peter Weir. It's the second though if one counts Weir's short-feature Homesdale (1971) as a feature.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: A watchman enters a warehouse with a watchdog and he finds Charlie hiding behind a hooded car. The watchdog barks as they enter, but there's nothing to be heard.See more »
Quotes:
Arthur Waldo:I can drive!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Ozploitation Trailer Explosion (2014) (V)See more »

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Weir at his weirdest., 26 June 2005
Author: dbdumonteil

How many Paris are there in the world?Thanks to the movie,we know that there's Paris,Texas and Paris,Australia.Ah and there's also Paris

,France for those who care.

Weir is full of savoir faire when it comes to create an atmosphere:"picnic at hanging rock" "Mosquito coast" the highly superior " fearless" would exist even if there was no plot at all.but plots they all have and first-class at that.

"The cars" begins quite well and the first half is a little treat:this town ,where everybody tries to help you ,this bunch of weirdos ,everything is much fun to watch.Their idee fixe to help the unfortunate hero is not unlike the neighbor's behavior in "Rosemary's baby" .The "test" is sheer shrink paraphernalia spoof and it superbly works.Even the past and the guilty feeling which come back to haunt poor Waldo verge on parody.

But the movie loses steam halfway through:it features scenes à la Leone (complete with morriconesque music)which come at the most awkward moment and destroy the inimitable atmosphere that Weir had built.

Despite these reservations,Weir's fans could do worse than watching this little film .Other good lines when the lad explains to moron Waldo: "well,this is the waiting room and these are people waiting!"

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