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Release Date:
24 July 1980 (USA) See more »
Patrick Foley has been on the move all his life. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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An very good movie for William Holden, one of his last. See more (28 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Patrick Foley

Ricky Schroder ... Shawn Daley

Jack Thompson ... Ross Daley
Olivia Hamnett ... Bettina Daley
Alwyn Kurts ... Christian Neilson
Pat Evison ... Meg Neilson
Redmond Phillips ... Bobby Burns

Ray Barrett ... Parnell
Tony Barry ... Red
Allan Penney ... Harlan
Willie Fennell ... R.C
Walter Pym ... Uncle
Cul Cullen ... Dawson
Dawn Schroder ... Dalton
Maggie Blinco ... Jessica
Tui Bow ... Lyla
Danny Adcock ... Bus Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Harders ... Molly Ann Hogan (uncredited)
Harry Neilson ... McGroaty (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Collinson 
Writing credits
Lanny Cotler (written by)

Produced by
Elliot Schick .... producer
Stephen W. Sharmat .... executive producer
John Strong .... producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis 
Bruce Smeaton (alternate score: Australia)
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine (director of photography) (as Don McAlpine)
Film Editing by
Nicholas Beauman 
Frank Morriss 
Art Direction by
David Copping 
Bernard Hides 
Bob Hilditch 
John Carroll (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Judith Dorsman 
Makeup Department
Judy Lovell .... hair stylist
Judy Lovell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Su Armstrong .... production manager
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production supervisor (as Sal Billitteri)
Greg Ricketson .... unit manager
John Weiley .... production supervisor
Les White .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve E. Andrews .... second assistant director (as Steve Andrews)
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
David LeMaistre .... first assistant director: second unit (as David Le Maistre)
Art Department
Ken James .... stand-by props
Billy Malcolm .... scenic artist
Paul E. Martin .... construction manager (as Paul Martin)
Ned McCann .... scenic artist
Don Murphy .... greensman
Philip Worth .... construction manager (as Phil Worth)
Sound Department
Bob Biggart .... supervising sound editor
Don Connolly .... sound recordist
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Spinelli .... boom operator
William L. Stevenson .... supervising sound editor (as Bill Stevenson)
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Cogger .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Gethin Creagh .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
David Dockendorf .... sound re-recording supervisor (uncredited)
Phil Judd .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Ron Purvis .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
David Burr .... focus puller
Andre Fleuren .... focus puller: second unit
Graeme Mardell .... key grip
Richard Merryman .... clapper loader
Benjamin Schick .... clapper loader: second unit
John Seale .... camera operator
Dean Semler .... director of photography: second unit
Jim Townley .... still photographer
Rob Young .... gaffer (as Robbie Young)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robyn Schuurmans .... stand-by wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jeff Jones .... assistant film editor
J.R. Newcom .... assistant film editor
Frans Vandenburg .... assistant editor
Ben Williams .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Terri Fricon .... music supervisor
Michael Lloyd .... song producer
Willie Schmidt .... music mixer
Ken Wilhoit .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ralph Clark .... transportation manager
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Catherine Barber .... accounting assistant (as Cathy Barber)
Valerie Craig .... assistant to producers (as Valerie C. Craig)
Marshall Crosby .... assistant: director
Jenny Day .... production coordinator
Catherine Flannery .... assistant to producers
Jill Freeman .... continuity
Treisha Ghent .... production accountant
Evanne Harris .... animal handler
Heath Harris .... animal wrangler
Briann Kearney .... assistant: Mr. Collinson
Warren Lloyd .... animal handler
John Warran .... location manager
Ray Winslade .... animal wrangler
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

According to this film's American executive producer Stephen W. Sharmat, this American-Australian co-production filmed in Australia actually utilized only six American personnel compared to one hundred and twenty Australian cast and crew.See more »
Continuity: When the camper smashes into the bottom of the ravine, it impacts on its side and the chassis is cleaved in two. In the next (close up) shot, where the boy has descended the cliff to sit by the rear bumper, the vehicle is simply pancaked upside down with an intact chassis.See more »
[first lines]
Australian Customs Agent:Next please. Now what's the purpose of your visit?
Patrick Foley:Uh - passing through.
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He'll Never Fill My ShoesSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An very good movie for William Holden, one of his last., 10 March 2005
Author: fortionat1 from United States

This was on ShowTime or HBO a number of times in the early 80s when I saw it and whenever it was on I would stop down to watch it. Little Ricky Schroder is excellent at a young age and counters William Holden's maturity for an interesting balance of young and old. I'm not sure why the rating shows a 5.6 since over 60% of the votes for this film were over a 7 and the majority voted a 10. It is definitely worth a watch if you're a Holden fan like I am. While the premise seems unrealistic at first as we go through the movie we find there is much more to this than expected. I liked this movie for the outdoor scenery and the beautiful backwoods areas of Australia. If you get a chance to see this film, please do.

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