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Everett De Roche (screenplay)
Gabrielle Lord (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
24 November 1985 (USA) See more »
For one teacher and nine children, the lesson of the day is kill or be killed. See more »
An Australian school teacher and her students are kidnapped. She and the children fight for their lives and try to escape from their captors. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sean Garlick ... Sid

Rachel Ward ... Sally Jones
Elaine Cusick ... Mrs. O'Brien
Laurie Moran ... Mr. O'Brien

Marc Aden Gray ... Tommy (as Marc Gray)
Ray Chubb ... Publican
Bradley Meehan ... Richard

Rebecca Rigg ... Narelle
Beth Buchanan ... Leanne

Asher Keddie ... Sue
Anna Crawford ... Sarah
Richard Terrill ... Toby

Vernon Wells ... Dabby Duck
Peter Hehir ... Father Christmas
David Bradshaw ... Pussy Cat
Roger Stephen ... Mac the Mouse
Wendy Playfair ... Old Woman
Ed Turley ... Old Man
Nick Waters ... Det Sgt Cotter
Terence Donovan ... Det Sgt Mitchell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robin Mason ... Derek (uncredited)

Directed by
Arch Nicholson 
Writing credits
Everett De Roche (screenplay)

Gabrielle Lord (from the novel by)

Produced by
Hector Crawford .... executive producer (as Hector Crawford CBE)
Ian Crawford .... executive producer
Hilary Heath .... associate producer
Michael Lake .... associate producer
Raymond Menmuir .... producer
Terry Stapleton .... executive producer
Original Music by
Danny Beckermann  (as Danny Beckerman)
Cinematography by
David Connell 
Film Editing by
Ralph Strasser 
Production Design by
Philip Warner 
Art Direction by
Nicholas McCallum 
Makeup Department
Lynette Harding .... assistant makeup artist
José Luis Pérez .... makeup artist (as Jose Perez)
Production Management
Murray Boyd .... unit manager
John Hollands .... post-production supervisor
Helen Watts .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wayne Moore .... second assistant director
Peter T. Nathan .... third assistant director
Terry Needham .... first assistant director
Art Department
Laurie Davidson .... set sculpture
Phil Eagles .... art stand-by (as Philip Eagles)
Wilf Flint .... construction manager
Lisa Graham .... assistant stand-by props
Lisa Graham .... set dresser
Gerry Powderly .... construction manager (as Gerald Powderly)
Shane Rushbrook .... stand-by props
Pauline Walker .... props buyer
Pauline Walker .... set dresser
Sound Department
Ross A. Chambers .... dialogue editor (as Ross Chambers)
Phil Judd .... dubbing mixer
Glenn Newnham .... dialogue editor
Andrew Ramage .... sound recordist
Joe Spinelli .... boom operator
Fiona Strain .... sound editor
Mike Woolveridge .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Brian Pearce .... special effects
Jeff Little .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jamie Thompson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Chris Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Bachman .... still photographer
Rourke Crawford-Flett .... assistant grip
Laurie Fish .... best boy
Terry Jacklin .... key grip
Ian Jones .... Steadicam operator
Peter Moloney .... assistant electrician
Bruce Phillips .... clapper loader
Greg Ryan .... focus puller
Ron Taylor .... underwater photographer
Bruce Towers .... assistant electrician
Rob Young .... gaffer (as Robbie Young)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clare Griffin .... wardrobe supervisor
Margot McCartney .... assistant stand-by wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jill Holt .... assistant editor
Debra Darby .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Grant Hill .... location manager
Music Department
Robin Gray .... music scoring engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen Costain .... dialogue coach (as Steven Costain)
Chris Day .... publicist
Vince Smits .... production accountant (as Vincent Smits)
Elizabeth Symes .... production coordinator
Jenni Tosi .... continuity
Suzy Wood .... publicist (as Susan Wood)
Jo Buchanan .... tutor/chaperone (uncredited)
John Fox .... armorer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
85 min | USA:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

According to the "Australian Motion Picture Yearbook 1981/82", during this film's development, Robert Stigwood's production company R and R Films and director Bruce Beresford were originally slated as being on board for the movie. This however, would change.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Father Christmas:Get in the Van!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Gilligan's Island" (1964)See more »


What was the masks worn by the kidnappers?
Why did the kidnappers abduct the kids?
Is this based on a true story?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Great MOVIE, 29 June 2005
Author: ManDownFilms from United States

I remember watching this movie every Saturday on TV why my mom cleaned the house. I remember it freaking me out. I love this movie. I was probably 8 at the time. I was talking to people randomly about the movie and people thought I was crazy because no one remembered it. My sister didn't even remember it. Finally two years ago a girl that I worked with was like yeah I know the movie you are talking about. However we didn't know the name of the film. It took me 15 years and a NICE NICE guy from Austrialia (that I meet on in a chat room) to help me find the name of the movie. I also want to say thanks to for being fantastic. I love this movie...I recommend it to anyone. Rachel Ward gives a Fantastic performance as well. Plus this movie is based on a true story.

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