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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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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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23 October 1980 (USA)  »

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AUD 485,000 (estimated)
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Australian film critic, historian and curator Paul Byrnes has said of the Bathurst Gaol where the riot that inspired this movie occurred: "Bathurst jail was built in the last quarter of the 19th century and was typical of the penal prisons used for convicts during British settlement. Conditions at the prison were appalling; windows had no glass, and prisoners, who spent up to 18 hours a day in their cells, were exposed to the elements. The poor conditions and violence perpetrated by prison officers are believed to have been the impetus for the 1974 riots, which resulted in the prison being destroyed by fire and many prisoners being wounded by gunfire." 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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