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Smash Palace (1981)

Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Al Shaw
Anna Maria Monticelli ...
Jacqui Shaw (as Anna Jemison)
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Georgie Shaw (as Greer Robson)
Keith Aberdein ...
Ray Foley
Desmond Kelly ...
Tiny
Lynne Robson ...
Linda
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Rose
Sean Duffy ...
Frank
Bryan Johnson ...
2nd Police Officer
Terence Donovan ...
Traffic Officer
Dick Rollo ...
Uncle Arthur
Ian Barber ...
Fight Leader
Mike Beytagh ...
Armed Offenders' Squad
Brian Chase ...
Armed Offenders' Squad
Ross Davies ...
Armed Offenders' Squad
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Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with cars. When Al finds her in the arms of another man, he takes his daughter, Georgie and heads for the bush, desperately hoping to hold on to the only family he has left. Written by Evan Yates

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30 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acorralado en el infierno  »

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One of the Armed Offenders Squad member, Colin Fredricksen, was the son-in-law of the owner of the Horopito Motors car wreckers yard in which the film is set. See more »

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Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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Is he respectful in his anger or just a jerk?
18 November 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Married couple in New Zealand with a young child separate, but he can't let go. Art-house stunner delivers some amazingly raw and complicated emotions in its early stages, but then gets confused and falls off. This isn't the fault of the actors however, particularly Bruno Lawrence in what should've been a star-making performance. Maybe it's the fact that his character is so morose and troubled (at one point, with the family piled in the car, he pauses on the railroad tracks) that Lawrence wasn't given much credit, and the film failed to find an audience here in the States. Some light relief from all the crazy behavior might've helped, yet the picture has a prickly, compelling edge, and that's surely something the audience can latch onto. Sadly, this melodramatic roller-coaster of emotions does peter out, though for the first hour it showcases a gripping study of human lives. **1/2 from ****


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