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The Big Hurt (1986)

A reporter looking into the death of a research scientist finds more deaths connected to the man, including some dubious "suicides". He discovers that the scientist may have been killed to ... See full summary »

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David Bradshaw ...
Price
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Lisa
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Algerson
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Harry Gregory
Nick Waters ...
McBride
Alan Cassell ...
Blake
Alethea McGrath ...
Mrs Trent
Joanne Canning ...
Ballerina
Syd Conabere ...
O'Neal
Tommy Dysart ...
Schwartz
Dorothy Cutts ...
Rachel
Gary Adams ...
Fletch
Abbe Holmes ...
Jenny
Robin Cuming ...
Monk
Julie Jones ...
Wendy
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A reporter looking into the death of a research scientist finds more deaths connected to the man, including some dubious "suicides". He discovers that the scientist may have been killed to cover up a secret government plot concerning mind-control drugs that have been tested on unknowing civilians, and he becomes involved with the scientist's daughter, who is trying to clear her father's name. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Thriller

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4 September 1986 (Australia)  »

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Estranhas Fantasias  »

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1.85 : 1
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Any similarities between persons living, dead or unborn, products, institutions, small objects lost under the seat of your car or social relevance and anything portrayed in this film is entirely coincidential and unintended. See more »

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Referenced in Ghost Whisperer: Love Still Won't Die (2006) See more »

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Actually a Good Film
9 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

If you are looking for raw action and high drama you won't find it here. Instead, this film broods in the darkness so to speak and gradually makes its real horror until the viewer suddenly realizes they're witnessing a nightmare.

The lead, a reporter, tends to be low-key; likely he is jaded from having seen so much on the job and when he begins the investigation into a series of suicides he doesn't appear to be surprised.

Until later.

This film views its narrative from the view of the lead, and since he does not know anything except what learns during the movie, it isn't until the very end that we figure it out. People who are expecting a continuous bout of fighting and destruction will be disappointed. This film is subtle and delivers its message with a slow crush rather than a blunt hit.

Some of the differing views of this film may have to do with it being pure Australian. The Australian audience may see this differently than I do - it's something to keep in mind.

The music is interesting - it actually complements the film with its atonal melodic lines and constantly descending sequences. As though the music is following the progress of our hero for whom things get darker and darker.

I was very impressed when I saw this film. It certainly is not a conventional chase or horror film but it has its own unique flavor. It's worth giving it a look if you keep your expectations blank.


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