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30 April 1982 (USA) See more »
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Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Bruno Lawrence ... 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
Colin Fredricksen ... Armed Offenders' Squad
Thomas King ... Armed Offenders' Squad
Chris Pasco ... Armed Offenders' Squad
Ewan Somerville ... Armed Offenders' Squad
Frank Taylor ... Armed Offenders' Squad
Ray Littlewood ... Barman
Mike Wiggins ... Armed Offenders' Squad
Doug McKenzie ... Helicopter Pilot
Don Lee ... Minister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Parkinson ... Commentator (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Donaldson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roger Donaldson  written by
Peter Hansard  written by
Bruno Lawrence  written by

Produced by
Roger Donaldson .... producer
Larry Parr .... associate producer
Original Music by
Sharon O'Neill 
Cinematography by
Graeme Cowley 
Film Editing by
Michael Horton 
Art Direction by
Reston Griffiths 
Costume Design by
Annabel Blackett 
Makeup Department
Bryony Hurden .... hair stylist
Bryony Hurden .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dorthe Scheffmann .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Cowley .... second assistant director
Steve Locker-Lampson .... assistant director
Derek Morton .... assistant director
Art Department
Len Nightingale .... props
Stephen Penny .... props
Sound Department
Stewart Main .... boom operator
Patrick Monaghan .... dubbing editor
Derek Morton .... dubbing editor
Don Reynolds .... sound mixer
Brian Shennan .... sound mixer
Mike Westgate .... sound mixer
Mike Westgate .... sound recordist (as Michael Westgate)
Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects supervisor
Ian Barber .... fight coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Becroft .... grip assistant
David Brown .... electrician
Roland Carati .... video tape operator
Sal Criscillo .... still photographer
Peter Day .... focus puller
Stuart Dryburgh .... gaffer
Brian Kassler .... key grip
Paul Leach .... camera operator
Steve Locker-Lampson .... video tape operator
Rex Rattenbury .... additional still photographer
John Spurdle .... grip
John Spurdle .... video tape operator
Ian Turtill .... video tape operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annabel Blackett .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Patrick Monaghan .... editor: video tape
Transportation Department
Steve Millen .... special driver
Ray Sturch .... car crash driver
Other crew
Lorraine Clements .... caterer
Jan Ferguson .... caterer
Gary French .... videotape consultant
Peter Hansard .... script advisor
Bruno Lawrence .... script advisor
Veronica Lawrence .... production assistant
Robyn McGhie .... caterer
Terry McGrath .... production accountant
Suzi Pointon .... continuity
Angela Zivkovic .... runner
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)

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108 min
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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Is he respectful in his anger or just a jerk?, 18 November 2001
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

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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