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The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the election, drink and carry on. Dons wife, Kath sees the party as just more work, while Don sees it as a chance to break his boring routine. The year is 1969 and some of Dons friends have jumped on the bandwagon of sexual freedom and experimentation. However, others at the party are more conservative about their politics and sex, and naturally, arguments break out over politics and fist fights erupt over the seduction of others wives. Written by Lloyd Harris <floyd@idirect.com>

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Director Bruce Beresford directed John Gorton, an actual Australian Prime Minister, in this movie. As such, this was the second time that Beresford had directed an Australian Prime Minister. Beresford had previously directed Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974). See more »

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[first lines]
Kath Henderson: Could you put Richard in the car?
Don Henderson: Right.
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Without You
Written by Billy Green (uncredited)
Sung by Doug Parkinson
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Watch the political maturity degenerate into drunken debauchery
29 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Don is holding a party to celebrate the ousting of the hated long standing liberal government in late 60's Australia. What starts as a serious political debate degenerates into your typical drunken fumbling and fighting as the booze flows and high-browed ideas are replaced with attempts to wife swap and skinny dip in the neighbours pool. Some of the funniest moments are when Cooley starts reminiscing about some of his sexual conquests - "When I was 18 i knocked up a 50 year old barmaid in my dad's pub and all she said all night was thank you....THANK YOU!!!" Mack: He once took pity on a woman with a wooden leg. Cooley: She wasn't a bad $£%&....Once you got past the knee cap squeak! All in all a great example of a David Williamson play. Directed by Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy)


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