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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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Gives new meaning to the word "beetlejuice" See more (53 total) »

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)

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:
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 »
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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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Gives new meaning to the word "beetlejuice", 4 November 2001
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

This little film appears to have stirred up radical dissent amongst many reviewers. Comments ranging from "stupid," "dull," "dark," "gothic," even "evil!" (I liked that one particularly!) Some other moron figured it was the worst film he'd ever seen. (Obviously he didn't sit through I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE!)

Now time-out here...let's just back it up a bit! Peter Weir is not what you would term a prolific director. He has made just 15 features in exactly 30 years - he doesn't rush things! This was his second turn in the chair. He had at his disposal a budget not much more than that for a 60 second TV Commercial and he was under pressure to finish the flick in time for its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival that year. He did OK and in a master stroke of marketing, managed to get the "star" of the movie - the spiked beetle, on to the Cannes streets where it caused a media sensation. The film was very well received by an appreciative audience.

So, the story is far-fetched? Some of the residents of tiny bush-town Paris deliberately cause auto-wrecks to boost the town's economy. Sure its a way left-field storyline and the acting was never going to win an Oscar nomination. It has though, that indefinable "something" and is early Peter Weir - a study of people in crisis or near crisis? It deserves to be seen for what it is, and the manner in which it shaped Peter Weir's future. THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS was in effect a springboard that gave Weir the opportunity to make PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK the following year. If "Paris" had been a total flop he may never have been asked to direct it!

Watch it again and look for innovation, clever camera angles, smart direction...they're all there! This is relegated now to almost cult film-status in Australia, it is somewhat of a time-capsule!

The only question I have, is who changed the name of this film to THE CARS THAT ATE PEOPLE for US release? especially as they have their OWN "Paris"...in Texas!

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