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The Settlement (1984)

Down-on-their-luck drifters Kearney and Martin wander into the small town of Cedar Creek looking to swindle a few pounds from the locals. After a not-too-friendly reception, the pair decide... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorna Lesley ...
The Sergeant
Mrs. Crow
Alan Cassell ...
Elaine Cusick ...
Mrs. Lohan
David Downer ...
Fr. Kleran
Babette Stephens ...
Mrs Gansman
Neil Fitzpatrick
Dennis Grosvenor
Maurice Hughes
Harry Lawrence
Malcolm Cork
Jim Sharman


Down-on-their-luck drifters Kearney and Martin wander into the small town of Cedar Creek looking to swindle a few pounds from the locals. After a not-too-friendly reception, the pair decide to move into an abandoned shack on the outskirts of town. They are soon joined in their new home by Joycie, another town outcast with a shady past. While the three manage to start a rather happy life together, they soon find that others in the town strongly disapprove of their living arrangements. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A small country town in the 1950s ... three people who dared to be different! See more »




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19 July 1984 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Die Vereinbarung  »

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The role of Joyce played by actress Lorna Lesley was written specifically for her by Ted Roberts but Lesley says she did not find out about this until some months after she had auditioned. See more »


At final scene at the hut, a medium shot shows sunlight and shadows and is followed by a long shot where the sun has gone and there are no shadows. See more »

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80's Aussie film, one of inspiration
14 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

This movie may not sound much, judging by it's title, story, and video cover, but you are really mislead here. Here's another case, of 'Give this movie a chance'. A down on their luck, duo, the great Bill Kerr, and his younger cohort, a much innocent John Jarratt, way before his killing days as Mick Taylor in the Wolf Creeks, have just swaggered on into town at the dislike of the locals, including chief cop (Tony Barry). They're swindlers running card games, and playing pool, these hobos have to make it somehow, where they're soon run out of town. So what they do? They settle, out of town. Luck comes their way, not just in the form of a nicely shaped, young floosy/barmaid (Liddy Clark) who befriends them, but they come across an abandoned ramshackled hut, they now call home, after giving it a makeover, where we have one nice cosy family. Certain romances blossom within this group, too, but the locals aren't amused, and become really fired up, and you can pretty much guess the unfolding of the story-I mean you're not that dumb. This is one of those fine overlooked Aussie films, with Kerr, great, who's still with us, (obviously he looks after himself, wisely, as seen in a lot of his characters, he plays. Jarratt, the short fused one, has a cute idiocy about him, and makes the film, fun to watch. You'll see why he's one the underrated Aussie actors. I loved the young teen girl, trying to come onto cop (Barry) in the pub, paying him out. This film has much the same end as High Rolling with our three down on their luck souls, walking off, proving when you're back on the bottom again, you just have to get back up again, and not look back.

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