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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Joy
Bettina Joy
Helen Jones ...
Honey Barbara
Lucy Joy
Miles Buchanan ...
David Joy
Tim Robertson ...
Alex Duval
Bryan Marshall ...
Adrian Clunes
Jon Ewing ...
Kerry Walker ...
Alice Dalton
Paul Chubb ...
Reverend Des
Sarah De Teliga ...
Harry's Mother (as Sara De Teliga)
Harry's Daughter (as Saski Post)
George Whaley ...
Robert Menzies ...


An advertising executive dies and goes to hell... except nothing changes. Well, his daughter is buying drugs with sexual favours from her brother, and the number of cancer-causing products is on the increase. But the notes he writes to himself to prove he hasn't gone insane are getting more disjointed, and he runs off with an ex-prostitute called Honey Barbera. Written by David Carroll <>

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After Harry Joy dropped dead... his life was never the same again.


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21 February 1986 (USA)  »

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AUD 3,400,000 (estimated)


$660,537 (USA)

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"Australian Beauty"
8 June 2001 | by (Richmond, Virginia) – See all my reviews

When I saw the first trailer for American Beauty a couple of years ago, I said, "Hmm. Looks like an American version of 'Bliss'." Which it was, only not as good and not as brave.

"Harry Joy was a man who liked to tell stories," says the narrator, and this film is full of stories: Histories told through incident, Realities literally warped by perception, Fantasies anchored in Truth, etc. "In New York, there are towers of glass, and the Devil himself drives a big Cadillac Limousine right down Fifth Avenue."

Surreal and enervating, informed by Dante's Inferno and with an ending you never saw coming, this has been one of my very favorite films for sixteen years. It's where I got the name "Mister Joy" ("No, you are NOT Harry Joy, you are MISter Joy.").

Too bad Lester Burnham didn't see it when he was a younger man.

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