IMDb > Dead End Drive-In (1986)
Dead End Drive-In
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Dead End Drive-In (1986) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
5.9/10   1,116 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Peter Carey (story)
Peter Smalley (written by)
View company contact information for Dead End Drive-In on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
August 1986 (USA) See more »
There's a party every day, a movie every night, and all the junk food you can eat. What more can a kid want... except to get out. See more »
In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 nomination See more »
(16 articles)
Brian Trenchard-Smith looks to China
 (From 23 June 2013, 2:56 PM, PDT)

Trenchard Smith to direct Weekend Warriors
 (From ScreenDaily. 18 June 2013, 3:49 AM, PDT)

‘BMX Bandits’ is pure retro-80′s goodness
 (From SoundOnSight. 19 May 2013, 8:35 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Get your front-row tickets for the end of civilization! See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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

Jeremy Shadlow ... Jeff
Brett Climo ... Don
Alan McQueen ... Accident Cop
Ken Snodgrass ... Accident Cop
Bill Lyle ... Drive-in Cop
Garry Who ... Drive-in Cop
Bernadette Foster ... Momma
Ron Sinclair ... News reporter
Gandhi MacIntyre ... Indian (as Ghandi McIntyre)
David Jones ... TV newsreader
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Brian Trenchard-Smith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Carey  story
Peter Smalley  written by

Produced by
Damien Parer .... co-producer
Andrew Williams .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Strangio 
Cinematography by
Paul Murphy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Lake 
Lee Smith 
Production Design by
Lawrence Eastwood  (as Larry Eastwood)
Art Direction by
Nicholas McCallum  (as Nick McCallum)
Costume Design by
Anthony Jones 
Makeup Department
Annette Hardy .... assistant makeup artist (as Annette Adams)
Lloyd James .... makeup artist
Patricia Newton .... hair stylist
Production Management
Anne Bruning .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Harrison .... third assistant director
Adrian Pickersgill .... first assistant director
John Titley .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ricki Albert .... muralist
Brett Blenkin .... carpenter
Vladimir Chevepanoff .... muralist
Ray Fowler .... props
Andrew Gardiner .... carpenter
Colin Holt .... muralist
David Humphreys .... muralist (as David Humphries)
Rodney Monk .... muralist
John Parker .... construction manager
Rob Robinson .... assistant art director
George Zammit .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Les Addess .... sound editor
Sue Blainey .... assistant sound editor
Les Fiddess .... sound effects editor
John French .... sound engineer
Robert Heaton .... sound transfer
John Herron .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario Krastev .... assistant sound editor
Glen Lord .... assistant sound engineer
Martin Oswin .... sound mixer
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
David Rawlinson .... consultant: Dolby
Lee Smith .... sound editor
Simon Smithers .... assistant sound editor
Leo Sullivan .... sound recordist
Mark Van Kool .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Peter Evans .... special effects
Alan Maxwell .... special effects
Chris Murray .... special effects supervisor
Dee Arlen-Jones .... stunts (as Dee Jones)
Danny Baldwin .... stunts
Glenn Boswell .... stunts (as Glen Boswell)
Barry Bransen .... stunt rigger
Phil Brock .... stunts
Danial Donai .... utility stunts
Bob Duncan .... stunt assistant
Michael Longhurst .... stunt assistant
Rocky McDonald .... stunts
Robin Menzies .... stunt assistant (as Robyn Menzies)
Guy Norris .... stunt coordinator
Ron Payne .... stunt rigger
Arch Roberts .... stunts
Glenn Ruehland .... stunts (as Glen Ruehland)
Greg Stuart .... stunt assistant
Antony Szeto .... stunts (as Tony Szeto)
Don Vaughn .... stunts
Fred Welsh .... stunts (as Fred Walsh)
Peter West .... stunt double
Peter West .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Chase .... gaffer
Chris Fleet .... best boy
Robbie Gribble .... still photographer
Brett Keeping .... electrician
Andrew Lesnie .... additional photographer
Kevan Lind .... camera operator
John Lomax .... focus puller
Wayne Marshall .... assistant grip
Noel McDonald .... key grip
Mick Morris .... gaffer
Paul Moyes .... lighting technician
John Platt .... clapper loader
John Tate .... assistant grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shauna Flenady .... assistant costume designer
Devina Maxwell .... stand-by wardrobe
Editorial Department
Sue Blainey .... first assistant editor
Arthur Cambridge .... grader
Miriam Cortes .... negative matcher (as Miriam Cortez)
Richard Piorkowski .... laboratory liaison
Noelleen Westcombe .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Phil Matthews .... music advisor
Transportation Department
Barry Bransen .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Mark Abicht .... unit runner
Harry Clark .... projectionist
Robert Coleby .... armorer (as Robert Colby)
Michele Day .... assistant accountant
Judy Ditter .... production coordinator (as Judith Ditter)
Sian Fatouros .... continuity
Peter Gibbs .... assistant mechanic
Ian Goddard .... location manager
Barbara Mather .... nurse
William Maynard .... solicitor
Annette Patterson .... production secretary
Lyn Quayle .... publicist
Michael Sergi .... intern
Mark 'Harry' Ward .... head mechanic
Valerie Williams .... production accountant

Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dead End" - USA (short title)
See more »
88 min | USA:92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | UK:18 | UK:15 (uncut DVD version) (2013) | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Four hundred car wrecks were used as cars in the drive-in. They cost the production $100 [Australian] each.See more »
[last lines]
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Into the Night (1985)See more »
Talking to a StrangerSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Get your front-row tickets for the end of civilization!, 18 June 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

What we have here is a genuinely oddball, atmospheric and undeservedly obscure apocalyptic-themed adventure from the land of the Aussies and directed by no less than the dude who brought us the ultimate guilty-pleasures "Blood Camp Thatcher" and "Night of the Demons 2". Brian Trenchard-Smith's "Dead-End Drive In" combines practically all the greatest elements of the 80's decade in one giant derivative yet surprisingly refreshing and entertaining film. The grim plot and disturbing undertones are more than obviously inspired by "Escape from New York" as well as that other Aussie cult landmark "Mad Max", but at the same time there's also a lot of light-headed comedy and cheesy 80's tunes in the film. You simply have got to love any movie that opens with depressing newspaper headlines about mass murder and economic crisis and then subsequently plays an exaggeratedly cheerful pop song during its opening credits! The story, albeit severely flawed in some departments, is very well elaborated and I even daresay quite ambitious since it even offers some effective social mockery that assaults issues that are timeless, like racism and the typically human herd mentality. In the year 1990, when the entire world is rotten and there ain't much left resembling law and order in the streets, Jimmy – or "Crabs" like the friends tend to call him - invites his funky voluptuous girlfriend for a night at the Star drive-in theater. The romantic date quickly turns sour when someone steals the wheels from underneath his "borrowed" 1956 Chevy and they're forced to spend the night at the drive-in. Only in the morning it becomes obvious that the drive-in serves as a prison camp for punks and juvenile delinquents. Crabs refuses to accept his situation and plans and escape, but all the other prisoners – including his girlfriend – seem to like the place because they have easy access to fast food and plenty of free movie. Quite the contrary, whilst Crabs is risking his life trying to get out, the rest of the drive-in crowd complains about the increasing number of Asians in the prison camp. "Dead-End Drive In" is a vastly amusing and often wittily scripted cult gem that is ripe for rediscovery by fans of Sci-Fi and action cinema all around the globe. It's available on DVD already, so what are you waiting for? The locations and set-pieces are convincingly grim, the soundtrack is – as said – quite exhilarating the Nathalie McCurry's female curves are a joy to look at. As briefly indicated before, the screenplay does have its shortcomings, though. The first, say, fifteen to twenty minutes of the film are in fact entirely pointless since they revolve on Crabs' "family" situation which is completely irrelevant. Also, the actual reason for his and Carmen's admission remains somewhat unclear. My biggest (but still forgivable) complaint about the movie is that it isn't as violent and bloody as it should have been. There are some notably sadistic moments, but – seriously – an exploitative and unscrupulous "Mad Max" clone like this ought to feature more sickening carnage, despicable rape sequences and relentless footage of mass destruction. Although I disagree, I can easily understand why some people think "Dead-End Drive In" is disappointing and even a bit boring. It's a fun and unexpectedly intelligent movie, but a little more panache would have been welcome.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (23 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Dead End Drive-In (1986)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
similarly post apocalyptic/mad max movies sprocket99
Admissions Madness832
A man turns into a tow truck tim_kroenert
Playing on screen mattslittlebrother
Sandie Lillingston ... Beth teanne52
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
A Boy and His Dog Jubilee The Lair of the White Worm Slaughterhouse-Five Caged Heat
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb Australia section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.