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Dead End Drive-In -- When ordinary working stiff Jimmy Crabs and his voluptuous girlfriend Carmen are accidentally trapped in the theater, they discover a secret society filled with brutality, racism and corruption. Now Jimmy has one desperate shot at escape. But what terrors exist beyond the walls of the DEAD END DRIVE-IN?


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Peter Carey (story)
Peter Smalley (screenplay)
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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 »
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  (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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeffrey Khanh ... Asian Girl (uncredited)
John Khanh ... Asian Boy (uncredited)

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

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 .... make-up assistant (as Annette Adams)
Lloyd James .... makeup artist
Patricia Newton .... hairdresser
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 buyer
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 editor
John French .... sound engineer
Robert Heaton .... sound transfer
John Herron .... post-sync recordist
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 swinger
Special Effects by
Peter Evans .... special effects
Alan Maxwell .... special effects
Chris Murray .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Dee Arlen-Jones .... stunt performer (as Dee Jones)
Danny Baldwin .... stunt performer
Glenn Boswell .... stunt performer (as Glen Boswell)
Barry Bransen .... stunt rigger
Phil Brock .... stunt performer
Danial Donai .... utility stunts
Bob Duncan .... stunt action person
Bob Hicks .... safety officer
Michael Longhurst .... stunt action person
Rocky McDonald .... stunt performer
Robin Menzies .... stunt action person (as Robyn Menzies)
Guy Norris .... stunt coordinator
Guy Norris .... stunt performer
Ron Payne .... stunt rigger
Arch Roberts .... stunt performer
Glenn Ruehland .... stunt performer (as Glen Ruehland)
Greg Stuart .... stunt action person
Antony Szeto .... stunt action person (as Tony Szeto)
Don Vaughn .... stunt performer
Fred Welsh .... stunt performer (as Fred Walsh)
Peter West .... stunt driver
Peter West .... stunt performer
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 .... costume designer assistant
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
Trevor Courtney .... music programming
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

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Also Known As:
"Dead End" - USA (short title)
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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?

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith has described this film as "Part Mad Max (1979), part Exterminating Angel [The Exterminating Angel (1962)]".See more »
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Title Card:SYDNEY, January 26th. 1988 Bicentennial celebrations spark 'The Rocks Riot', 51 die
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Halloween Night (1988) (V)See more »
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Please replace the speaker on it's stand before leaving............, 7 January 2005
Author: Drive-In-Freak from United States

This one has it all.There's violence,sex,car chases,explosions,cheezy '80s music,a '56 Chevy,and most importantly a drive-in! In a futuristic 1990 the government is keeping the unemployed youth locked up in a drive-in and giving them snack bar food,drugs,beer,and all night movies for free.Where do I sign up? Yes it's a bit silly at times,and the premise is unbelievable,but after all it's a "B" film.You just can't expect perfection in films like these,and I (for one) wouldn't have it any other way.There's nothing like stepping back to a simpler time and place.This fine little independent film from Down Under is just like taking a mini vacation in the way back machine.Pop this one in the DVD break out the popcorn and a cold Fosters and enjoy this blast from the past....8)

8/10 on the Drive-in-Freak-O-Meter...ya just gotta check this out!

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