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Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions. Written by
Mike Welsch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
13 July 1978 (Australia)
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Budget: NZD 450,000
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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According to the New Zealand Book Council website, the film's source novel by Christian K. Stead
, "Smith's Dream, was . . . elicited by his involvement in the anti-Vietnam War protest movement. The novel brings the injustice of Vietnam home to New Zealanders by imagining how a similar war might arise here". The February-March 1978 edition of Australian "Movie News" magazine states that "Professor C.K. Stead's novel 'Smith's Dream' . . . was published in 1971 at the height of the anti-Vietnam war protests. It 'brought the war home' to New Zealanders by putting a Vietnam-type situation in a local setting". See more
An authentic assault rifle would be too heavy to "float" on the surface of the motel's swimming pool. (See the 'Trivia' section regarding the film's use of firearm replicas.) See more
[after discovering how he was framed as a terrorist
You bastards, you bastards.
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