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

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Sean Garlick ...
Sid
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Sally Jones
Elaine Cusick ...
Mrs. O'Brien
Laurie Moran ...
Mr. O'Brien
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Tommy (as Marc Gray)
Ray Chubb ...
Publican
Bradley Meehan ...
Richard
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Narelle
Beth Buchanan ...
Leanne
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Sue
Anna Crawford ...
Sarah
Richard Terrill ...
Toby
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Dabby Duck
Peter Hehir ...
David Bradshaw ...
Pussy Cat
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"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 <jaromirk@kr.onet.pl>

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Sid: Shit, Miss. I thought you snuffed it!
Sally Jones: Language, Sid.
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The mystery movie revealed!
5 August 2004 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

I am so happy that Google exists, because after 15 YEARS of fruitless searching (including on IMDb, sorry!) I've found this movie again. Images like the swim through the underground cavern and the older couple (?) being horrified by the rabbit masked man have haunted me to the point I thought I had imagined the whole thing. The fairly low-fi quality of the film makes it all the scarier, classic HBO 80's fodder. The fact that I watched it as a pre-teen made the fight for survival of the woman and the children all the more real. The setting of the Outback made their situation seem really perilous, for if there is so much open, empty space around you, it seems you have fewer places to hide (and I think may have sparked my latent fear of kidnapping and lack of hiding places). Excellent (as it stuck in my mind all these years, I guess it had to!)


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