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This drama is set in World War II Australia, where an American Marine, Rebel is recuperating from wounds suffered in battle. He is weary of war and is intent on going AWOL and escaping from Australia. He becomes infatuated with a local singer, Kathy and pursues her. Kathy is married and initially is not interested in him, but later begins to love Rebel. Kathy receives a letter advising her that her husband was killed in battle. The local police and the U.S. Military are searching for Rebel as an AWOL soldier. Rebel arranges to escape Austalia by a cargo ship, but eventually allows himself to be arrested in order to keep the local police from arresting Kathy for harboring him. Written by Steve Jordan <jordan@warwick.net>

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This movie was made with the United States as an intended box-office market. Changes were made to the original play to make it more commercial, mainly turning into a musical with a commercial soundtrack. The movie also features a rising American star of the time, Matt Dillon. See more »

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Yanking Abroad.
14 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Matt Dillon, imported almost directly from The Outsiders (and later Something About Mary) with Australia's one time Pop Queen Debbie Byrne made a rather awkward couple in this 1985 Cabaret musical set in World War 2 Sydney. Produced by local entrepreneur Phillip Emmanuel and taking full advantage of the tax concessions of the time (the infamous 10BA, much rorted here in Oz by unscrupulous 'film makers') REBEL tries very hard to en-ter-tain you whilst clobbering you with 80s kitch 40s style. Most everything in the film is a garish pink or red, with tin icon decor of Sydney and local actors yelling their lines at each other through very broad slang. Matt Dillon plays a soldier AWOL who hides out in Debbie's apartment and apparently falls in love with her. It is all sort of all right. In 1982 a better musical was produced here called STAR STRUCK and REBEL supplants all the OZ kitchery into a 1943 period harborside wharehouse nightclub and adds raucous musical numbers. Only one is really good; most are not. Today it is a curiosity of an attempt at having US stars in Oz pix for overseas sales possibilities. Many films were cast like this like THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER with - believe it or not - Kirk Douglas (!!!!) and Rebel is in this mould. Maybe that should be mold. Dillan looks good, pouts, kisses Debbie and ultimately goes home. It was a reasonable success in its day...but now...all a bit squirm inducing. It would be interesting to see if it is still on Dillon's resume. I think at the time he might have had more fun in real local nightclubs than on the set of REBEL.


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