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Release Date:
29 April 1977 (Australia) See more »
Kevin and the love of his life. He likes his girl Anne, too. See more »
Bankstown, NSW, Australia, 1970s. Kevin and his mate Bob spend their time drinking and cruising around... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Paul Couzens ... Kevin
Carl Stever ... Bob
Gary Waddell ... Deadlegs
Karlene Rogerson ... Cheryl
Eva Dickinson ... Anne
Vicki Arkley ... Chris
Victor Manauzzi ... Italian Driver
Graham Rouse ... Police Sergeant
Robert Baxter ... Police Constable (as Rob Baxter)

Sigrid Thornton ... Wendy
May Howlett ... Mrs. Poke
Maggie Kirkpatrick ... Betty Armstead
Terry Hannigan ... Frank Mason
Ray Bennett ... Norman
Colin Setches ... Dave
Peter Crossley ... Allan
Colin Yarwood ... Brian
Adam Garnett ... Stephen Sullivan
Harry Lawrence ... Security Guard
David Moore ... David Sullivan
Ray Marshall ... Mr. Sullivan
Beryl Marshall ... Mrs. Evans
Roy Corbett ... Mr. Evans
Debbie MacFarlane ... Janet Evans
Barry Eaton ... Newsreader
Tony Barry ... TV Reporter
Peter McQueen ... Gary
Ric Herbert ... Wayne
John Gaden ... Waiter
Lynda Keane ... Raelene
Cheryl Davies ... Debbie
Julie Dawson ... Mrs. Mason
Francine Flowers ... Carol Mason
Reveille Jones ... Stan
Bobbie Ward ... Poker Machine Player
Robert Morton ... Wendy's Father
Jean Hadgraft ... Wendy's Mother
Frankie J. Holden ... Himself
John Kelly ... Man in Dressing Gown

Directed by
Michael Thornhill 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terry Larsen 

Produced by
Errol Sullivan .... associate producer
Michael Thornhill .... producer
Jenny Woods .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jim Manzie 
Cinematography by
David Gribble 
Film Editing by
Max Lemon 
Art Direction by
Lissa Coote 
Mont Fieguth 
Production Management
Pom Oliver .... unit manager
Jenny Woods .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Errol Sullivan .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Don Connolly .... sound
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bansgrove .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Berry .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Margaret Cardin .... negative matcher

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101 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Director Michael Thornhill mostly wanted "unknowns" and not formally trained actors for this film.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The car's the star, 26 November 2005
Author: Socratease

I love this film. As a guy who was in the same age group as Kev and Bob at the time (1976) it rings entirely true. My gang of mates hung out in Sydney's Northern Beach suburbs, and would have referred to Kev and Bob as "bloody Westies", but we were exactly the same and did all of those things and more.

I well recall going to the drags at Brickies and being hassled by the coppers, just as it's portrayed in the film.

And the car's definitely the star. The FJ Holden is as Australian as meat pies and Vegemite. I had a mate with a yellow FJ Holden. It had 2 black stripes across its bonnet (hood) and we called it the Bumble Bee.

Now that it's finally out on DVD I can watch it over and over, and freeze frame to catch an item of detail I've missed before.

True, it's not everybody's cup of tea in terms of subject matter and pace, and the soundtrack suffers from a tiny budget that didn't allow looping (ADR) to make it more audible in places, and I don't know how the dialogue sounds to a foreign ear, but it's definitely the real deal - that's how it was in Sydney's 'burbs in 1976.

The DVD commentary track by Producer/Director/Adapter Mike Thornhill is interesting, if strained. Thornhill is not of that generation, nor of that upbringing. I'd have preferred to hear the original writer and Newtown boy Terry Larsen talk about his story. Nonetheless, I'm grateful to have it on DVD at last.

Ah, nostalgia IS what it used to be! It's a gleaming yellow FJ.

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