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The Last of the Knucklemen (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 July 1979 (Australia)
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 ...
Pansy
Peter Hehir ...
Tom
Dennis Miller ...
Horse
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Monk
Steve Rackman ...
Carl
Michael Duffield ...
Methuselah
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Mad Dog
Stewart Faichney ...
Tassie
Sean Myers ...
Engineer
Gerry Duggan ...
Old Arthur
Ross Skiffington ...
2nd Engineer
Les James ...
Barman
Tim Robertson ...
Man in bar
Savior Summit ...
Cook
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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 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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12 July 1979 (Australia)  »

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Viimeiset pelimiehet  »

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AUD 460,000 (estimated)
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This movie was the ninth and final production of Melbourne-based Australian production house Hexagon Productions which functioned as Tim Burstall's production company for films distributed in Australia by the Village Roadshow organization. See more »

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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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Andamooka Annie
Performad by Saltbush
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Not General Motors
17 April 2016 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Tensions simmer between a group of miners working in the Australian outback in this downbeat but engaging human drama. In writing and directing the material, Tim Burstall never quite manages to disguise the material's stage play roots with minimal locations and very few outdoor shots, however, the sense of claustrophobia that results from this often works to the film's advantage. The characters genuinely seem suffocated by their lack of recreational options and the film features perhaps the most intense card game ever committed to screen outside of 'The Cincinnati Kid' as the oldest miner finds himself in a poker showdown with a young upstart. Michael Duffield is superb as the elderly miner in question, waxing poetic about money and gambling, and there is a lot to like in how the others support him, not so much because they respect him but rather because they see him as what they themselves might end up like in years to come. Another strong performance comes from Gerard Kennedy as the lead miner who tries to keep everyone under control, but - as is suggested - the job that they are doing is "not General Motors", and having to live, sleep and eat together, it seems inevitable that something will occur with limited opportunities for release. For such a grim and gritty tale, the film ends on an oddly upbeat note, but the drama that has played out on screen for 90 or so minutes is still hard to shake as the film depicts the less glorious aspects of working in the mines in country like Australia where mine sites tend to be extremely isolated.


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