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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 »
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Cast

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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)
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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)
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Trivia:
When this Australian film was made, there was no Australian distributor attached to theatrically releasing the picture.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the movie (when the people leave the village) you can see a green Austin A30 Van. The same car is crashed earlier by a car trying to jump over the Austin using a ramp. The whole front is crushed so there is no way it can be repaired.See more »
Quotes:
Arthur Waldo:I can drive!See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
More weird than mysterious or horrific, an allegory mired in distractions, 21 October 2009
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

One hour into this movie and I wasn't exactly sure what kind of movie it was trying to "be". It starts off as a smalltown horror mystery of sorts but Peter Weir saddles it with so much absurdist black comedy the mystery all but evaporates and we're looking at something that is more weird/awkward than mysterious/surreal, more slow-ponderous than slow-absorbing, large parts of it reminiscent of Aki Kaurismaki and his static shots, cynical humor, deadpan delivery, and smalltown squalor. By the end of it however, the movie seems to emerge as some sort of societal parable, an allegory to the repression of a close-knit society that values appearances and tradition more than anything else and which must bury secrets in its own backyard to do so, but there's so much distraction and incoherence the point is never made with any clarity or force.

At one point the score turns Morricone circa Once Upon a Time in the West and we get a showdown in the street and young men dressed with cowboy hats. We get Carmageddon-style cars circling the statue of a cannon like Comanches painted for war. We get the vague promise of a subplot about car crash survivors turned vegetables who are kept in the hospital of the small town and who later turn up in a ball masque dressed in hoods and carton boxes (a nod to Shock Corridor?), but it never goes anywhere. Peter Weir went on to make such remarkable films as Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Last Wave, and while this never reaches the hypnotic levels of those films, it's intriguing in its own quirky awkward way. It's like a movie struggling with itself, a cult classic trying to break free from the confines of a forgettable eccentricity.

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