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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)
Greer Robson-Kirk ...
Georgie Shaw (as Greer Robson)
Keith Aberdein ...
Ray Foley
Desmond Kelly ...
Tiny
Lynne Robson ...
Linda
Margaret Umbers ...
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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SHE'S MY DAUGHTER AND I'LL DO WHAT I LIKE! See more »

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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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excellent film
6 August 2000 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie while on vacation in New Zealand and loved it. Lawrence gives a terrific portrayal of a man whose life is thrown into chaos when his obsession with building a race car and paying more attention to his new car junkyard leads his wife to an affair with his best friend. He then kidnaps their daughter and heads for the woods. If you can find this movie anywhere, rent it. You won't regret it. The final scene to this film is especially memorable. I will not reveal it-you will have to see it to find out. You will never forget it, that's for sure.

***1/2 out of ****


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