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Local goon, Gerry, hires a yellow mini in Kaitaia using a stolen license. John's wife has just left him and moved to Invercargill. He is devastated and needs to talk to her. He has no ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Barry ...
John
Kelly Johnson ...
Gerry Austin
Claire Oberman ...
Shirl
Shirley Gruar ...
Sue
Bruno Lawrence ...
Mulvaney
Stephen Tozer ...
Traffic Cop
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Snout
Frances Edmond ...
Annette
Don Selwyn ...
Kaitaia Policeman
Clyde Scott ...
Traffic Cop
Ian Watkin ...
Father in Car
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Police Driver
Jackie Lowitt ...
Leslie Morris
Shirley Dunn ...
Rental Girl
Paki Cherrington ...
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Local goon, Gerry, hires a yellow mini in Kaitaia using a stolen license. John's wife has just left him and moved to Invercargill. He is devastated and needs to talk to her. He has no transport and needs a ride. Together with the little mini that Gerry names "Pork Pie", they hit the road to travel the length of the country. Their high speed exploits earn them the name "the Blondini gang". The police, however take a dim view of this and make it their mission in life to stop the Blondini boys from reaching their destination. Written by Evan Yates

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John is trying to get a ride to Invercargill and wanders into a dispute outside the Auckland bus station between Gerry and a traffic cop. When he tells the cop he's "involved" with Gerry and the yellow Mini, the cop asks John for his name, and he replies, "Smith". The cop smirks and walks away. Smith was the name of the main character in Sleeping Dogs, who was played by Sam Neill. The traffic cop in Goodbye Pork Pie was played by Clyde Scott, who played Jesperson in Sleeping Dogs. Jesperson, a crooked cop, relentlessly pursued the innocent Smith until his death, for "crimes against the government". Ian Mune scripted both Goodbye Pork Pie and the screenplay for Sleeping Dogs. See more »

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The two rail locomotive featured in the film, number 1664 and number 1582, were not operation in spring 1978. Locomotive 1664 only arrived from the manufacturer in 1979, and 1582 was known as 1536 before September 1979. See more »

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John: [inspecting inside a rail boxcar] It's empty! We'll stick the car in here. There's a ramp about half a mile ahead. Get up there and load up.
Gerry Austin: But I'll kill myself.
John: You can do it!
Shirl: Come on Gerry!
Gerry Austin: I'll kill you too, you silly bitch!
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froth and depth in pretty much equal measure. An underrated future classic from down under.
29 May 2005 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

A truly entertaining road movie from the early 80's, recently launched on DVD. From beginning to end, Goodbye P P is full of moments that charm and make you feel good, blended with those episodes of genuine depth that are (I think) hard to achieve in a film that sells itself for it's frothy facade. The acting is pretty good, the camera work very well done and overall a throughly enjoyable dash through beautiful New Zealand. There are certain sections of the flick that can seem rather dull but then again, I haven't seen a film that lacks these entirely.

Despite some dubious scenes (a mini out running an Oz V8 being one of them), the action sequences are believable, helped by the film and editing crews' skills.

Watch it and enjoy a surely to be cult classic.

What I found most intriguing about the whole thing was how dated everything appeared compared to early 80's UK. For those car buffs out there, check them out and you'll see what I mean but don't let that distract your attention from the subtle camera moves and as I said earlier, the quality of the acting.


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