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The Last of the Knucklemen (1979)

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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Viimeiset pelimiehet  »

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AUD 460,000 (estimated)

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John Power, author of 'The Last of the Knucklemen' play, was asked in an interview whether he had ever visited such a mining drill site as depicted in the play. Power said: "No. My uncle, Harry McGuigan, he'd been in the north-west of Western Australia as an administrator. In the early '50s I spent a week with him in Perth and he was telling me about his experiences in the mining camps ... about the wildness and just the life in those small towns of having to cope with the caravans of the visiting whores and just the ruggedness of the people and the life and isolation of it all. I just thought and tucked it away as I found it quite interesting. Twenty years later what triggered 'The Last of the Knucklemen' was Ronald Biggs...he was thought to be still in Australia hiding out and someone suggested he may well have joined a mining camp. I thought if I could get what my uncle was talking about and put in quite a few of the roughish kind of characters that I've known at various points in time, rogues but amusing funny men, and put them all together without their realizing they've got Biggs there with them, then this is potentially interesting". 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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30 September 2005 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Yeah, I thought it was great. I have worked in a number of isolated places where there is not much to do but drink and I thought it was a pretty accurate depiction of the personalities that make up groups like this. I was in East Timor in 2000 which seemed to lure odd characters from outback Australia and other places... Interesting times. I recall Tarz and Pansy promoting the film in Melbourne. They were standing in the middle of the mall with huge polystyrene fists which made the news. I don't think it did very well. Many Australians seem to have the idea that Australian movies are second rate and it's not until the movies or actors do well overseas that are accepted. Nicol Kidman and Hugh Jackman weren't stars in Australia until they made it in Hollywood.

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