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 »

Photos (See all 5 | slideshow)


User Rating:
5.9/10   1,112 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 15% 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:
Trenchard-Smith's Best Movie 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?

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith envisaged a sequel to this picture but as the film was not successful commercially, a sequel was never made.See more »
[last lines]
See more »
Movie Connections:
Small Brave LandSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Trenchard-Smith's Best Movie, 27 August 2010
Author: Murder Slim ( from United Kingdom

The opening of 'Dead-End Drive In' quickly sets out its world. There's been a series of disasters that have led to society struggling to survive. A food crisis, a financial crisis, and then an unemployment crisis. And Australia is suffering with the rest of them. Gangs of punks are fighting authority and crashing cars. As an Aussie movie, there's shades of 'Mad Max' to this, but it's given a more populated feel. Instead of empty streets, there's a bunch of people in 'Dead-End Drive In'. Despite the lack of budget for the movie, Brian Trenchard-Smith gives a real sense of lots of people suffering from the consequences of economic failure.

The movie follows Crabs and his girlfriend Carmen, who end up stranded in an almost post-apocalyptic drive-in cinema after their tires are stolen by the police. The drive-in cinema has nearly 200 people in a similar situation, lighting fires and glaring at each other. The stranded are given food vouchers to eat takeaway from the on-site greasy restaurant.

Crabs is a very engaging character. He wants to become a tough guy, but no matter how much he works out, runs and eats, Crabs is still regarded as a "scrawny b*****d". Yet, as soon as he's stranded in the drive-in, he wants to get away. He wants this so badly, he irritates his girlfriend and also incurs the wrath of people spray painting "Crabs can't get it up" on his car. Carmen, incidentally, is so attractive I spent the movie slightly slack jawed.

For a supposedly trashy movie, it's actually very cleverly done. The car crashes are spectacularly choreographed. Don't expect a special-effects laden movie - it's not that - but when effects are used they're used well. Sparks fly up as cars speed through large fires. Bullets ping off the walls and cars with some canny squib effects.

Above all, there are some great undercurrents to the movie. The way the drive-in deals with the unemployed seems to ring very true with the concept of ghettos. The controller of the drive-in cinema even provides them with drugs. Crabs becomes even more likable because - like us - he sees the drive-in as a huge prison infested with unfair racial divisions.

'Dead-End Drive In' is, naturally, a little rough around the edges. But by limiting the movie to the confines of a drive-in cinema, it creates a well realised world. It's also great to see everyone throwing their all into a movie. Maybe by focusing more on characters and a basic story of "me versus them" it simply doesn't overstretch. It's an enjoyable - and sometimes thought provoking - way to spend 92 minutes of your life.

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.