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The Firm Man (1975)

Not much is known about the firm for which businessman Gerald Baxter works, but it seems to have a negative effect on everyone involved. The hero begins to experience bizarre visions, while... See full summary »

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Peter Cummins ...
Gerald Baxter
Eileen Chapman ...
Melissa Baxter
Bethany Lee ...
Girl
Peter Carmody ...
Barry
Diane Preston ...
Christie
Dianne Preston ...
Cindy
Sarah Chapman ...
Sally
Merle Keenan ...
Pub Lady
John Preston ...
Melissa's Lover
Max Gillies ...
Managing Director
Barry Pittard ...
George
Larry Stevens ...
Marketing Manager
Cliff Ellen ...
Carl
Alan Finney ...
Michael
Don Gunner ...
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Not much is known about the firm for which businessman Gerald Baxter works, but it seems to have a negative effect on everyone involved. The hero begins to experience bizarre visions, while his wife commences an affair with a friend of the family.

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Weird, hallucinatory mess
30 August 2003 | by (Andover, MA) – See all my reviews



Weird, weird, weird. John Duigan's first credit as writer-director is one of those films that seems destined to redefine 'obscurity,' yet somehow, several other motion pictures over the years (from multiple countries) seem to have been influenced by it stylistically and thematically. The nearly incoherent, oddball premise has something to do with an Aussie executive named Gerald Baxter, who drops out socially and mentally, taking a job for a top secret firm where he plays with toys all day long. Throughout the picture, he is followed by two men in trenchcoats (one of whom is Duigan regular Bruce Spence, of "The Year My Voice Broke" and the reprehensible "Dimboola") who spy on him from around corners, fly a biplane overhead, etc. The motion picture makes absolutely no sense -- somehow, Baxter and others eventually wind up at a beach, where a naked hippie smoking a joint sits on a rock, appearing and disappearing randomly.

I saw this on a Steenbeck at the National Museum of Film, Television, and Radio in Sydney. (A STEENBECK. That's how obscure this is).


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