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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 »
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not-so-gay Paree See more (54 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:
The opening scenes that feature a couple driving in a car and smoking prominently displayed cigarettes were a parody of a commercial aired on Australian television at the time of the film's original release. Website 'Peterweircave' says of this: "The opening "advertisement", which many viewers seem to take as blatant product placement for Coke and Alpine cigarettes, was actually a spoof in itself. At the time it was made, movies in Australia were often preceded by ads for cigarettes and such. By putting this before the opening credits, Weir was fooling the viewers into thinking this was yet another ad."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:
Referenced in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
not-so-gay Paree, 21 August 2006
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

Before Peter Weir got really famous, he made this strange but worth seeing flick about a small town in Australia whose local economy centers on car wrecks, and how they draw an outsider in. "The Cars That Ate Paris" doesn't star anyone whom you would recognize, and there's no big action scenes here, but that actually gives the movie a more realistic feeling.

I should identify that this is not a movie for those with short attention spans. It's not likely to stick heavily in your memory the way that most of Peter Weir's movies do (it's certainly not my favorite of his movies). But still, it's something to check out as a historical reference if nothing else.

"I can drive!" You'll probably feel like you can too.

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