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Writers:
Peter Carey (story)
Peter Smalley (written by)
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Release Date:
August 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
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User Reviews:
Wild and wacky apocalyptic movie! See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (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

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
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
 
Stunts
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
 

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Additional Details

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

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Trivia:
As a youth, in 1970 and with his father, director Brian Trenchard-Smith had gone to the very same drive-in which is seen in this film to see Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee (1965).See more »
Quotes:
[first title card]
Title Card:SYDNEY, January 26th. 1988 Bicentennial celebrations spark 'The Rocks Riot', 51 die
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Wild and wacky apocalyptic movie!, 17 June 2006

Brian Trenchard-Smith is probably not a house-hold name even for B-movie fans, however, this Australian director has created among the wackiest and most original movies ever. While his work may not be of high quality (his two "Leprechaun" films are a good example of this), they are always creative as his wild imagination seems to be set loose every time he sits at the director's chair. "Dead-End Drive In", probably his best film, is a perfect example of this: writer Peter Carey constructs a very intelligent tale set in an apocalyptic wasteland, and Trenchard-Smith takes fully advantage of the plot to construct one of the best Australian b-movies. A cult-classic.

After the world's economy collapsed, Australia was turned into a wasteland where the unemployed youth uses the street as a battlefield and the law is forgotten. To fight this, the Government uses a Drive-In to lock them and keep them controlled using fast food and movies. A young man named Crabs (Ned Manning) is trapped in this way, but instead of becoming a conformist member of the nihilistic youth, he decides to fight back and escape no matter the cost.

Hidden under this sci-fi/horror tale of an apocalyptic society is a very well-written plot with social commentary included. "Dead-End Drive In" is a great story against the conformism. Crabs is trapped in an apparent paradise where he can get all the fast food he wants and do nothing but live each day, but instead he chooses to fight back and try to escape from the Drive-In and to return to his family. He knows this "paradise" is false, and that the only thing worth fighting for is real freedom.

Stretching the budget to the max, Trenchard-Smith manages to create very well done scenes with the very few resources he has. He makes a great use of his locations and the film is packed with high-octane action and a healthy dose of humor. Still, the film remains focused on its message and Carey makes a portrait of present-day society, as racist, conformist and violent as the youth depicted in the film. It is not a horror movie in the sense of being scary, but it is haunting in the sense that even when it is a fictitious scenery, it is not hard to believe that humanity will behave the way the conformist teenager do in the film.

Ned Manning is very good as Crabs, as he has the looks of a common young man trapped unfairly in a living tomb. His character is very likable and his performance makes the most of it. Natalie McCurry, playing Crab's beautiful girlfriend Carmen is also an important character, as she begins to lose hope in Crabs' idea and starts to behave just as the rest of the cattle. The rest of the cast is very good, but really nothing memorable.

The films's biggest flaw is the sad fact that the film looks terribly dated. The film has that distinct 80s feeling and look and it can't come up as "futurist" anymore. Anyways, that is not really a serious flaw as it adds up to the charm the film has. The movie still manages to be quite entertaining and some effects (like the use of explosives) still look great after 20 years.

"Dead-End Drive In" is a very interesting sci-fi movie from Australia that it's definitely worth a rent. With its 80s feeling, high-speed action and social commentary it still delivers the goods. This film is more than a cheap "Mad Max" rip-off, it is a terrific (and hopefully not prophetical) vision of the future. 7/10

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