The Last of the Knucklemen (1979)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  12 July 1979 (Australia)
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In the tradition of Sunday Too Far Away (1975), this independent film is based on the classic Australian play by John Power. Pic tells the story of a group of miners living in a camp in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Kennedy ...
Michael Preston ...
Peter Hehir ...
Dennis Miller ...
Steve Rackman ...
Michael Duffield ...
Mad Dog
Stewart Faichney ...
Sean Myers ...
Gerry Duggan ...
Old Arthur
Ross Skiffington ...
2nd Engineer
Les James ...
Tim Robertson ...
Man in bar
Savior Summit ...


In the tradition of Sunday Too Far Away (1975), this independent film is based on the classic Australian play by John Power. Pic tells the story of a group of miners living in a camp in outback Australia. They swear, brawl, gamble, and drink heavily. Central to the story is the conflict between Tarzan, the authoritarian group leader and cocky loud-mouth wisecracking Pansy. This results in a bare-knuckle punch-up for the movie's denouement. Exteriors filmed in Andamooka, South Australia. Written by Jamie Skinner

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Release Date:

12 July 1979 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Viimeiset pelimiehet  »

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AUD 460,000 (estimated)

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Though exteriors were filmed in Andamooka, South Australia, this movie was not a production of the South Australian Film Corporation. See more »


Carl: [enters bunkhouse, surveys the room for a moment, then starts throwing chairs] Let's clear these fucking chairs! I've got to murder these mother fuckers!
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A wonderful Aussie movie
21 May 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is one of those classic Aussie movies which stands the test of time. Although possessing a somewhat flimsy story line the film's strength lies in its variety of characters, wonderfully portrayed by some of Australia's best acting talent. Gerard Kennedy is, as always, simply great in the role of Tarzan. This bloke is really a class actor and he is well supported here by the broodingly secretive Peter Hehir. Typically strong performances from Steve Bisley, Dennis Miller and Mike Preston are also a feature. And who can forget Denise Drysdale's performance as the whore with a heart of gold? The Aussie trait of supporting the underdog is demonstrated in the film's ending. This is one of my all-time Aussie favourites.

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