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Buddies (1983)

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Young miners Mike and Johnny (Colin Friels and Harold Hopkins) work in the gem fields of central Queensland around Emerald. Conflict arises when their pick-and-shovel operation is threatened by a large scale bulldozer operator.

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Mike
Harold Hopkins ...
Johnny
Kris McQuade ...
Stella
Norman Kaye ...
George
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Ted
Dennis Miller ...
Andy
Dinah Shearing ...
Merl
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Alfred
Lisa Peers ...
Jennifer
Andrew Sharp ...
Peter
Rob Steele ...
Policeman
Ralph Albring ...
Hans
Bob Hicks ...
Gorilla
Hermino De Guzman ...
Thai buyer (as Hermie de Guzman)
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Thai buyer (as Michael Anderson)
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Young miners Mike and Johnny (Colin Friels and Harold Hopkins) work in the gem fields of central Queensland around Emerald. Conflict arises when their pick-and-shovel operation is threatened by a large scale bulldozer operator.

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This film was nominated for 5 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards including Best Actress (Kris McQuade, Best Supporting Actor (Simon Chilvers), Best Sound, and Best Music Score. The film won one AFI Award - for Best Original Screenplay for John Dingwall. See more »

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Referenced in Buddies: A Gem of a Time (2009) See more »

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She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
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14 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Boisterous and funny, Buddies is (yet another) widescreen spectacular of larrikin behaviour set in outback Australia. Looking like MAD MAX or Sunday TOO FAR AWAY and in mining territory, this is a blokey comedy with excellent leading pals (Colin Friels and Harold Hopkins). However, like most films released in 1983, it died the death of a brown dog at the box office. Nobody went to the cinemas in Australia in this period as the video boom took away all but the very biggest of releases. So many good films crashed and burned in 83/84. I have never seen it on video, or TVand a DVD release would be good looking for all the intended original reasons. On a big cinema screen it works well and looks great. It is dusty outback buffoonery and well made. If you have seen SIAM SUNSET or PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT you might get an idea of how well BUDDIES looks in cinemascope. Same territory and equally as enjoyable.


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