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Dead End Drive-In (1986)

In the near future, a teenage couple are trapped in a drive-in theater which has become a concentration camp for social outcasts. The inmates are treated to drugs, exploitation films, junk food, and new wave music.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Manning ...
Crabs
Natalie McCurry ...
Carmen
Peter Whitford ...
Thompson
Wilbur Wilde ...
Hazza
Dave Gibson ...
Dave
Sandie Lillingston ...
Beth
Ollie Hall ...
Frank
Lyn Collingwood ...
Fay
Nikki McWaters ...
Shirl
Melissa Davis ...
Narelle
Margi Di Ferranti ...
Jill
Desirée Smith ...
Tracey (as Desiree Smith)
Murray Fahey ...
Mickey
...
Jeff
Brett Climo ...
Don
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Storyline

In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed. The prisoners don't really care to escape because they are fed and they have a place to live which is, in most cases, probably better than the outside. Crabs and his girlfriend Carmen are put into the camp and all Crabs wants to do is escape. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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2.35 : 1
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The movie poster seen early in the film was for the fictitious film "Rambo 8: Rambo takes Russia". See more »

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[first title card]
Title Card: SYDNEY, January 26th. 1988 Bicentennial celebrations spark 'The Rocks Riot', 51 die
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Soundtracks

My Heart's on Fire
Written by Tim Doyle (as Doyle), Nick Swan (as Swan), Tony Starr (as Starr), Fred Loneragan (as Loneragan) and Warren McLean (as McLean)
Performed by Machinations
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Instant Cult Classic

I have just seen this film for the first time, and then I said to myself, "where has this movie been all my life??" This is a real cool flick. I can not say there is another one like this. It is very original, creative and action packed! Like Mad Max, it shows us a world-gone-to-hell in Australia, and the people who have to make their best in it.

I didn't know any of the cast, but I really liked the main actor. I was rooting for him the whole time. We could see his strong ambition to get out and get somewhere in life! And I liked the relationship he had with Frank and mum. But that girl was a stubborn drag, he should have got rid of her a long time ago. She turned into one of those dead-beats quick and it was obvious she wanted to stay.

There's plenty of cool cars, wrecks, explosions and bad people- all stuck together in this big trashy drive in. It's clear the filmmakers made great use of it. The end is rewarding and sent shivers up my body. Dead-End Drive In is a sci-fi/action that ranks among the best of it's type.

I see that it only got an average rating of 4.2 on IMDb, which is an outrage, and I'm wondering who's rating it! Well it's completely underrated.... it's at least an 8! I look forward to viewing it many more times in the future.


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