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Fast Talking (1984)

 -  Drama  -  23 April 1986 (USA)
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A bright young teenager from a broken home uses his quick wits and glib tongue to get out of trouble - but they also get him into it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Hart
Peter Hehir ...
Ralph Carson
Denis Moore ...
Rod Zuanic ...
Steve Carson
Toni Allaylis ...
Christopher Truswell ...
Moose (as Chris Truswell)
Gail Sweeny ...
Julie McGregor ...
Steve's mother
Gary Cook ...
Peter Collingwood ...
Ron Hackett ...
Woodwork teacher
Geography teacher
Frank Lloyd ...
Careers advisor
John Cobley ...
Roll call teacher


A bright young teenager from a broken home uses his quick wits and glib tongue to get out of trouble - but they also get him into it.

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Hilarious, well directed Aussie classic
14 February 2006 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Thoroughly wonderful Aussie comedy/drama starring the terrific Rod Zuanic as Steve Carson, a mischievous teenager who forms an unlikely friendship with a hard-nosed mechanic (Steve Bisley). Its magic is that it is so unforced, yet it is rich in character and directed with an intimate, effortless, breezy style. Ken Cameron, who later helmed the excellent miniseries 'Brides of Christ', conveys great affection for his mostly dysfunctional, fascinating characters and offers sharp social commentary that never tramples the story. Underrated and underscreened, it joins ignored classics such as "No Worries", "Shame" and "Summerfield" as another exhibit in the Aussie Hall of Theatrical Shame, a gallery for films given scant theatrical exposure and little critical attention. Every role in "Fast Talking" is beautifully cast. Peter Hehir (who played "Burt" in the great Aussie series 'The Sullivans') is sensational as Steve's alcoholic father who spouts one of the film's best lines: "I taught him everything he knows, and he still doesn't bloody know anything!" Tracy Mann, as a sympathetic schoolteacher, turns in a great performance, as does Peter Collingwood as a school principal who's seen too many boys like Steve Carson in his time. David Gribble's cinematography sparkles, and David Huggett's sharp, intuitive editing is a real plus. The film is hilarious at times and is never less than totally believable.

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