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Blue Fin (1978)

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Based on the children's novel by celebrated South Australian author 'Colin Thiele', this is an emotional father and son story about tuna fishing of Southern Blue Fin tuna in South ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pascoe (as Hardy Kruger)
Greg Rowe ...
Steve 'Snook' Pascoe
Liddy Clark ...
Ruth Pascoe
Sam Snell
Alfred Bell ...
Ralph Cotterill ...
George Spartels ...
Jock Owen ...
Elspeth Ballantyne ...
Mrs. Pascoe
John Godden ...
John Thompson ...
Kelly Aitken ...
John Frawley ...
Graham Rouse ...


Based on the children's novel by celebrated South Australian author 'Colin Thiele', this is an emotional father and son story about tuna fishing of Southern Blue Fin tuna in South Australia's Port Lincoln fishing district. Accident prone son Snook is forever making mistakes much to the chagrin of his father Pascoe. But when tragedy strikes the fishing boat during a deep sea fishing trek in the Southern Ocean, the boy is called on to become a man in a rites of sea passage to reconcile is past mishaps and save both his father and the ship from certain disaster. Written by Jamie Skinner

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fishing | tuna | sea | boy | port | See All (28) »


A stirring adventure of a son and father who became a team. See more »


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Release Date:

December 1978 (USA)  »

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AUD 750,000 (estimated)

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Director Bruce Beresford filmed additional footage after principal photography had ended where editor Rod Adamson, mindful of the post-production problems he had dealt with on the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC)'s _Sunday Too Far Away_, said that the film would not cut together. Producer 'Matt Carroll' recruited Beresford who had a three picture deal with the SAFC at the time and had recently completed Money Movers (1978) for them. Beresford re-shot the major cabin sequence at the Norwood Studios of the SAFC. A double was used for Hardy Krüger who had gone back home to Germany. It did not matter as Kruger's character Bill Pascoe lies injured on the 'Blue Fin' boat's cabin floor throughout this sequence. See more »


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Waltzing Matilda
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Music by Christina Macpherson
Played on recorders at the Miss Tuna contest
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Moving story of family bonds versus nature
1 February 2001 | by (Seattle, USA) – See all my reviews

A fishing vessel sets out from a small town in South Australia. A storm comes, and the boat is wrecked. The filming of the storm and its aftermath, out at sea on the boat, are remarkable. In parallel, the film tells the story of a young boy wanting to grow up, wanting to fit into the world of his father and brothers out at sea.

The fishing vessel and the storm might remind you of The Perfect Storm. However, unlike that film, Blue Fin also tells a more subtle tale (of growing up and family bonds), has thoroughly believable fishermen, and describes well their relationship with the sea and with their boat. Blue Fin was written by the author of "Storm Boy"; if you liked one of the two films, you'll probably like the other.

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