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Stir (1980)

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Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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China Jackson
Max Phipps ...
Norton
Dennis Miller ...
Redford
Gary Waddell ...
Dave
Phil Motherwell ...
Alby
Michael Gow ...
Andrew
Edward Robshaw ...
Partidge
Tex Morton ...
The Govenor (as Robert 'Tex' Morton)
Ray Marshall ...
Chalmers
Syd Heylen ...
Old Bob
Robert Noble ...
Riley
Paul Sonkkila ...
McIntosh
Keith Gallasch ...
Tony
Les Newcombe ...
Hogan
James Marsh ...
Webster
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Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.

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gay sex | prison | riot | jail | australia | See All (114) »

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The most controversial Australian movie ever made See more »

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23 October 1980 (USA)  »

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AUD 485,000 (estimated)
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This film was nominated for 10 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards but failed to win one single AFI Award in a year that was dominated by landslide wins for Breaker Morant (1980). Stir (1980)'s nominations included ones for Best Film, Best Director, two for Best Actor (Bryan Brown and Max Phipps), Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Miller), Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted. See more »

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A realistic look at Aussie prison life in the 70s
22 October 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is based around the wave of rioting and unrest that swept through jails in NSW in the 1970s over officer brutality and generally poor treatment. It depicts the incredible violence of the time without becoming excessively graphic and touches on situational homosexuality and other aspects of prison life realistically.

For anyone that is interested in seeing a side of Australia that doesn't get a look in that often in cinema, this is well worth a look.


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