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The Cars That Ate Paris
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Director:
Writers:
Peter Weir (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1976 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Quirky, dark film surprises See more (56 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
 
Location Management
Tom Hogan .... location manager
 
Music Department
Bruce Smeaton .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Alf Blight .... action vehicles
 
Other crew
Gilda Baracchi .... continuity
Anthony G. Furse .... qalar effects
Pam Oliver .... production secretary
Pauline Ryan .... production accountant
Harry Williams .... caterer
Pom Oliver .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
According to the book 'Australian Film 1900-1977', "Attempts were made to salvage the film commercially [in Australia] by changing distributors (from M.C.A. to B.E.F) and by changing the advertising campaign from horror movie to art film (in Canberra during the 'Australia 75' arts festival), but neither succeeded."See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Arthur Waldo:I can drive!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Ozploitation Trailer Explosion (2014) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Onward Christian SoldiersSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Quirky, dark film surprises, 6 June 2012
Author: SmokeyTee from Wellington, New Zealand

This is a well made, at times bleak, dark and funny film - you never quite know what to expect. This is no more obvious than with the start of the film which commences with what appears to be a sexed up cigarette commercial (the kind that would have invariably preceded the film when it was in cinemas) featuring a hot couple blasting about in their convertible. This all ends very, suddenly and very badly and decades later Tarantino would steal/borrow the same device and make it the pivotal moment in Deathproof...

The film drifts along introducing you to a fairly bizarre town called Paris in the Australian countryside and there is a lot of brooding and suspense but it doesn't really build because you never know quite what is what or what will come next.

The film terminates with a fantastic scene of violence that I will not reveal in any detail here. It really, really appealed to my sense of humor and I hope it does yours - if you take the time to see it.

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