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Release Date:
June 1976 (USA) See more »
They're the cars that ate Paris. See more »
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 »
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  (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)
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
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Cars That Ate Paris" - Australia (original title)
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91 min | USA:74 min (cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Second theatrical feature film of Australian actor Max Phipps. You Can't See 'round Corners (1969) was the first.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Arthur Waldo:I can drive!See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Sublimely weird horror comedy, 13 September 2005
Author: Alice_K from Australia

A camp horror classic and Weir's feature debut. It's smart, gross, cheeky, macabre and just great.

Don't watch it if you think low budget is the same as being 'amateurish' because it's not. And if you're not used to Australian English, well, try not to panic. Doesn't matter if you don't get every word - just go with it!

This is the kind of film you don't see much any more, perhaps a product of its era. They weren't thinking much about marketing or target demographics - these filmmakers were just having a lot of fun, experimenting and coming up with something unique. Genre crossing, challenging and freaky, it also taps into some big themes about Australian identity and paranoia.

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