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Backroads (1977)

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A black and white lowlife duo drives around Australia's Outback in a stolen vehicle and finds trouble after trouble.



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This film collects just what it was like to be in Australia in the early 80's. It's about hot cars, hot chicks and hot times. The story begins when two local street racers agree to race Fox... See full summary »

Director: John Clark
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Cast overview:
Gary Foley ...
Zack Martin ...
Joe (as Zac Martin)
Jean Claude
Julie McGregor ...
Essie Coffey ...
Aboriginal Woman
Doc Coffey ...
Card Player
Richard Sullivan ...
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A black and white lowlife duo drives around Australia's Outback in a stolen vehicle and finds trouble after trouble.

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27 June 1977 (Australia)  »

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This is one of a handful of mid-late 1970s Australian feature films that were road movies. The pictures include High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977), Summer City (1977), 20th Century Oz (1976), Cosy Cool (1977), In Search of Anna (1978) and Backroads (1977). See more »


Featured in Reading Australian Film (1988) See more »


Written and performed by Zack Martin (as Zac Martin)
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Boring, disjointed farce filled with agendas to bash your skull in.
20 January 2008 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

We stomached about 30 minutes of this silly film.

I'm all for finding new, raw 'talent' and dealing with 'reality'. The two main characters are social bottom feeders and although they are poles apart presumably through their one-track dialogue about the plight of the aboriginal peoples they eventually find understanding... unfortunately we didn;t make it there with them! Their (constant) debates seem forced and completely unbelievable and clearly just there to provide a medium to push the left-wing agenda of the film maker. This grew tired VERY quickly.

The film jumps haphazardly from scenes of rest or waiting to driving with little purpose or direction. Where are we going? Why did we do that!? These sorts of questions valid in any other film are best left at the door...

I wanted to see this because I enjoy Australian films and especially like time capsules from the 60s and 70s. Avoid this agenda packed snore fest, see 'They're a Weird Mob' for queer vintage Aus instead...

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