An Australian school teacher and her students are kidnapped. She and the children fight for their lives and try to escape from their captors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Garlick ...
Sally Jones
Elaine Cusick ...
Mrs. O'Brien
Laurie Moran ...
Mr. O'Brien
Tommy (as Marc Gray)
Ray Chubb ...
Bradley Meehan ...
Beth Buchanan ...
Anna Crawford ...
Richard Terrill ...
Dabby Duck
Peter Hehir ...
David Bradshaw ...
Pussy Cat


"Fortress" explores a shocking concept which shows how easily a borderline between a victim and an attacker can be crossed. The children and the teacher, calm and peaceful by nature, when driven beyond their limits by the kidnappers, eventually respond with a cruelty and fury extending that of their oppressors. Written by Jaromir "Vassago" Krol <>

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For one teacher and nine children, the lesson of the day is kill or be killed. See more »


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24 November 1985 (USA)  »

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A Fortaleza  »

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Loosely based on the 1972 Faraday School kidnapping of a teacher and her class by Edwin John Eastwood and Robert Clyde Boland. Eastwood later escaped from prison and repeated the crime with another teacher and her class in 1977. The Faraday kidnapping was in turn a real-life copycat crime based on a scene in the Clint Eastwood film Dirty Harry (1971) where the Scorpio Killer holds a bus driver and several schoolchildren hostage. See more »


During the shots of the youngest girl (Sarah) underwater, she is shown with the markings on her face that she puts in place later in the movie as war paint. See more »


Sid: Shit, Miss. I thought you snuffed it!
Sally Jones: Language, Sid.
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References Kojak (1973) See more »

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Another movie from my childhood that has stayed with me...
13 October 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I had the same experience other members had with this film. I saw it on HBO when I was eight and it's since become part of me. Like them, I Googled, queried, etc. Unfortunately, my memory failed on the major points and I came up empty-handed. Finally, another member of IMDb came through. Anyway, this film is a lost jewel. It scared the hell out of me as a kid and I hope to see it again if I can find a used copy of the VHS somewhere. The premise is pretty simple. A group of Aussie thugs take a young teacher and her charges hostage, their escape and subsequent fight for survival turns bloody at the end. I still recall holding my breath during the underwater cave scene and never quite being able to hold it long enough. If you get a chance to watch this flick do so. Its ultra-rare and unforgettable.

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