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The Clinic (1982)

A series of humorous vignettes set in a clinic for venereal diseases. Although the film concentrates on relationships, it is also a source of instruction on safe sexual practices and STD (... See full summary »

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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Dr. Eric Linden
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Paul
Gerda Nicolson ...
Linda
Rona McLeod ...
Dr. Carol Young
Suzanne Roylance ...
Patty
Veronica Lang ...
Nancy
Pat Evison ...
Alda
Max Bruch ...
Hassad
Gabrielle Hartley ...
Gillian
Jane Clifton ...
Sharon
Ned Lander ...
Warwick
Martin Sharman ...
Carl
Tom Travers ...
Phil
Tony Rickards ...
Chris
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Basil
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A series of humorous vignettes set in a clinic for venereal diseases. Although the film concentrates on relationships, it is also a source of instruction on safe sexual practices and STD (the script-writer worked at a clinic for three years!). Written by Archie Moore <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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People are going to **** whether you like it or not - and this place is here to see that they enjoy it! See more »

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21 April 1983 (Australia)  »

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The film's director David Stevens said of this movie to Melbourne, Australia's newspaper 'The Age' on 15th April 1982: "If drama is about individuals trapped in moments of crisis, then what happens in a VD clinic is pure drama because everyone there knows that in a few moments they are going to have to reveal the most intimate personal details about themselves to a complete stranger . . . I have waited until now to direct a feature film, and it's been like a dream come true. I've been allowed to make the film I want, exactly as I want, about a contentious subject . . . We expect an outcry from the moralists of the Right, which is naturally a worry as a film is a fragile and gentle thing . . . Five minutes into the film, we state our intentions quite clearly , and anyone likely to be offended will have their worst fears confirmed. At this stage, we hope they will leave the theatre and let the rest of the audience concentrate on what the film is really about, which is love and the full spectrum of human behaviour . . . What we are trying to say is 'you're all right, you are not alone. Others have problems like yours, so there is no need to feel like slashing your wrists just because you have a dose of syphilis'." See more »

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Featured in The Hidden History of Homosexual Australia (2005) See more »

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A clinic of laughs
13 March 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I hired this movie once, and when I got past the band aid on one of the privates in this V.D. clinic, not the cleanest of it's type, I turned off. A couple of years later, I watched it again, and found this quite a funny pic, funnier than I thought it'd be in fact. The film in set in the life and day of a Sydney V.D clinic, where people coming in complaining of syphillus and gonorrhea runs high. We have a young disgruntled employee telling his case to the matron, losing his job, over a disreputable illness, where later on that day, something not so funny happens. Haywood of course is excellent as a gay and laid back doc, areal likable sort, plus we have a long list of stars, many who've disappeared off our screen, decades ago now. Simon Burke as a nervous student inturn on experience was indeed fun to watch, picking a not so good day, to observe, one homosexual patients, eyeing him. Burke too has problems of his own, one sexual, that's causing him concern. We have an obscene phone caller calling Evison, hinting sexual suggestions where she dishes it back, plus one nutty patient, if you can call him that, a bomb hoax, plus a stoned nurse, plonked down in Haywood's office, knitting, watching men drop their drawers. We also have one patient with crabs, who easily accepts an offer to be used as a photographic example, where he goes into a he man pose. There are laughs aplenty in this movie, which at times works well as a drama too. We have the ins and outs of some patients you won't forget, in a movie you have to see, to realize just how funny it really is.


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