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The Night, the Prowler (1978)

 |  Drama, Comedy  |  March 1979 (USA)
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The Night The Prowler, is about the dark side of suburban middle-class urban culture and family relations. It film brings to the surface some of the darkest recesses of suburban family life... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Cracknell ...
John Frawley ...
Humphrey Bannister
Kerry Walker ...
John Derum ...
John Galbraith
Maggie Kirkpatrick ...
Madge Hopkirk
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The Prowler
Harry Neilson ...
Old man
Peter Collingwood ...
Dr. Herborn
Robbie Ward ...
Mrs. Burstall
Merv Lillie ...
Alcoholic man
Dorothy Hewett ...
Alcoholic woman
Ray Marshall ...
Detective 1
Robert Baxter ...
Detective 2
Paul Chubb ...
Policeman 1
John Cobley ...
Policeman 2
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The Night The Prowler, is about the dark side of suburban middle-class urban culture and family relations. It film brings to the surface some of the darkest recesses of suburban family life. The film shifts from the darkly comic to the deadly serious. A young woman is attacked by a prowler in her bedroom but she turns the tables on him and she ravishes him. She then transforms into a knife wielding, leather jacketed prowler herself and begins sneaking in men's bedrooms at night. The prowlee becomes the prowler. Written by Jonesy

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Nobel Prize winning author Patrick White's first film...

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This film's screenwriter, novelist Patrick White, was also the writer of its source short-story, 'The Night The Prowler'. See more »

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When the old man in the ruined house is being covered up by police after his death, the actor playing him can be clearly seen breathing. See more »

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White/Buckley/Sharman: a strange success
13 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This very strange and dreamlike film set in a well heeled suburb of Sydney was completely misunderstood and ignored in its first release. Almost a preview of Muriel's disenchanted and socially disenfranchised character in MURIEL'S WEDDING so successfully seen in the 90s film as played by Toni Collette, PROWLER has Kerry Walker almost as some sort of distant Muriel relative upsetting her family status quo with fantasies and playacting an adventurous role that leads her into other worldly behaviour. Written by Patrick White and Directed by Rocky Horror's Jim Sharman and Produced by Tony Buckley of BLISS, this film is a peculiar duck that will divide every audience unless they have a way of getting to like the lead character in the first reel. There has been plenty of films about alienated suburban girls seeking nocturnal and dangerous secret lives (HARD CANDY just released is the new cruel century's most recent example) but PROWLER is a quiet secret and a mood piece patient and film literate viewers will enjoy. Whoever has already seen SWEETIE (as someone else on this site recommends) is quite right leading you to PROWLER's mindset and style. One of Jim Sharman's first films was SHIRLEY THOMPSON VS THE ALIENS, a title mixing suburbia and weirdness immediately.... an so to PROWLER


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