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A down-on-his-luck P.I. is hired by a beautiful woman to find her missing husband who disappeared after receiving some tapes.
Cliff Hardy - One Man Against Sydney's Underworld
Did You Know?
Source novelist Peter Corris
has said of this movie in 'The Newtown Review of Books': "Producers Tim Read
and John Edwards
bought an option with the same idea as Stephen Wallace
- cast Bryan Brown
as Cliff Hardy. It seemed a perfect fit. I was contracted to write a script with the producers having an opt-out clause if unsatisfied. I wrote a script which they deemed 'too soft'; I wrote another which they said was 'too hard'. 'Sandra Levy' was then brought in and we wrote a script together. John Edwards
said, 'Peter, this is almost there!'. The next I heard, they'd exercised the clause and brought in a new scriptwriter. This was Keith Dewhurst
who'd written scripts for the British TV series Z Cars
(1962). Good choice, I thought and went overseas, adopting the Hemingway philosophy - take the money and run. The film, in my view, was a mess, although critic David Stratton
in his book 'The Avocado Plantation' differs. I believe the script missed the point of the book. Bryan Brown
was good, perhaps too good. I heard later that some of the cast were so overawed by him they gave lame performances. The director, Chris Thomson
, and Brown were said to have been at odds. The female lead, supposed to be whippet-thin and feisty, was so when cast but was pregnant by the time of shooting and wore enveloping garments". See more