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1 May 1986 (USA) See more »
Cody is an adventurer who is about to explore the depths of a legend. See more »
Still grieving the loss of his parents, a young boy living in Australia finds himself caught up in the magic of an Aboriginal myth that might be more real than anyone knows. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Thomas ... Cody

Tony Barry ... Gaza
Rachel Friend ... Wendy

Tamsin West ... Jane
Dempsey Knight ... Charlie Pride

John Ewart ... Ricketts
Chris Gregory ... Wheatley
Mark Knight ... Henry
Dennis Miller ... Mr. Cannon

Katy Manning ... Mrs. Cannon
Laurie Dobson ... Gleason
Jay Mannering ... Haggard
Tim Hughes ... Beilby
Howard Eynon ... Ranger
David Ravenswood ... Kauffman
Peter Cummins ... Neville
Amanda Fernbach ... Becky
Marcus Eyre ... Doctor
Glen Hunt ... Tobins
Kevin King ... Opah
Vince Quayle ... Barney
El Prezzos ... Band at Dance
Hugh Bryant ... Child
Renae Carol ... Child
Laura Christie ... Child

Directed by
Brian Trenchard-Smith 
Writing credits
Everett De Roche (written by) (as Everett DeRoche)

Produced by
Everett De Roche .... co-producer (as Everett DeRoche)
John Picton-Warlow .... executive producer
Barbi Taylor .... producer
David Thomas .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian May 
Cinematography by
John R. McLean (director of photography) (as John McLean)
Film Editing by
Brian Kavanagh 
Casting by
Jo Larner 
Lee Larner 
Production Design by
Jon Dowding 
Art Direction by
Paddy Reardon 
Set Decoration by
Dianne Gaborit 
Costume Design by
Aphrodite Kondos 
Makeup Department
Amanda Rowbottom .... hair stylist
Leeanne White .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jan Tyrrell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Needham .... first assistant director
Stephen Saks .... third assistant director
Chris Short .... second assistant director
Art Department
Neil Angwin .... props maker
Hugh Bateup .... carpenter
Jamie Dimery .... painting assistant
Josephine Ford .... art department coordinator (as Jo Ford)
Jim Gannon .... carpenter
Ken Hazelwood .... carpenter
Jan Hing .... art department assistant
Martin Kellock .... stand-by props
Billy Kennedy .... scenic artist
Denis Lees .... props maker (as Dennis Lees)
John Pickering .... construction manager
Dennis Sheehan .... art department assistant
John Stabb .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... additional mixer
Craig Carter .... sound editor
Tim Chau .... sound editor
Bruce Emery .... additional mixer
Jack Friedman .... boom swinger
Rebecca Grubelich .... sound assistant
Sue Lamshed .... sound assistant
Mark Lewis .... sound recordist
Ian Maycock .... additional mixer
Peter McBain .... sound assistant
Ken Sallows .... dialogue editor
Roger Savage .... mixer
Alex Watts .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Jeff Little .... special effects
Brian Pearce .... special effects
Steve Pearce .... special effects
Peter Stubbs .... special effects
Jamie Thompson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Szumai Anderson .... stunt player (as Szumai Chong)
Jamie Hunt .... stunt player
Norm Martin .... stunt player
Bobby Porter .... stunt player
Arch Roberts .... stunt player
Reg Roordink .... stunt player
Steve Roper .... stunt player
Glenn Ruehland .... stunt coordinator (as Glen Ruehland)
Glenn Ruehland .... stunt player (as Glen Ruehland)
Johnny Santo .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Batterham .... camera operator
Ross Berryman .... additional photographer
David Connell .... additional photographer
Rourke Crawford-Flett .... assistant grip
Ian Dewhurst .... gaffer
David Eggby .... additional photographer
Laurie Fish .... best boy
Ken George .... stills photographer
Roydon Johnson .... focus puller
Bob Kohler .... additional photographer
Grahame Litchfield .... key grip
Lex Martin .... electrician
Nick Mayo .... clapper loader (as Nicholas Mayo)
Greg Noakes .... stills photographer
Nick Payne .... electrician
Pieter van Santen .... additional photographer (as Peter Van Santen)
Ron Taylor .... underwater photographer
John Wheeler .... additional photographer
Lindsay Foote .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Hirsh .... wardrobe assistant
Frankie Hogan .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Litton .... editors assistant
Peter McBain .... editors assistant
Richard Piorkowski .... laboratory liaison
Location Management
Stan Leman .... location assistant
Michael McGennan .... location manager
Music Department
Robin Gray .... music engineer
Brian May .... conductor
Maurie Sheldon .... music assistant
Transportation Department
Marcus Georgiades .... unit driver
Peter Nathan .... unit driver
Brenda Symons .... unit driver
Other crew
Ian A.K. Baillieu .... attorney to production company
Lynn Barker .... production executive
Kevin Bryant .... mechanic
Orlena Charleston .... assistant accountant
Robbie Emery .... catering provider
Kristina Frolich .... catering provider (as Kristina Frohlich)
Bill Gooley .... special laboratory contact
Di Keller .... stills processing
Andrew McIntyre .... tutor
Lesley Parker .... assistant to producer
Linda Ray .... script supervisor
Marie Redshaw .... dialogue coach
Barbara Ring .... production coordinator
Joanne Scheffler .... nurse
Howard Wheatley .... production accountant
Tom Burstall .... completion representative (uncredited)
Daniel Ostroff .... special thanks
Danis Regal-O'Connell .... special thanks (as Danis Regal)
Carolyn Thomas .... special thanks
David Williams .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frog Dreaming" - Australia (original title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Filmed on location in Woods Point, Victoria, Australia. Woods Point is and would be considered a rural mining town that hasn't changed a lot in the 30 years since the movie's making. The surrounding terrain does look quite like a national park.See more »
Ricketts:And where are they?
Cody:Where are who?
Ricketts:The people from the Guinness Book of Records. There must be some kind of prize for raging idiocy.
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Movie Connections:
References Jaws (1975)See more »
I've Finished CayingSee more »


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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very creepy!, 5 August 2001
Author: Paul Emmons ( from Philadelphia

Cody Walpole (Henry Thomas) is a scientific, mechanically-minded, and ruggedly individualistic 14-year-old loner. He is also brave to the point of foolhardy, quite the daredevil-- except that he doesn't let anyone tell him what to do. Extremely inner-directed, what he dares and endures are come out of a quiet but fierce determination of his own prompting.

He stumbles upon a seemingly haunted, God-forsaken spot in the Australian wilderness, a long-abandoned mine or quarry flooded with filthy brown water. He knows of an old hermit who spends his vacations living alone in the area. After seeing none-too-recent evidence of this man's presence, he calls out and searches for him and eventually finds his skeleton. It looks as though the man was literally scared to death. This place is not on any map and, after some further investigation, he hears that the local aborigines shun the spot as the legendary lair of a monster living in the murky pool, a being so horrible that the mere sight of it kills. The place seems to exude bad luck and gives everyone the creeps who goes near it.

Cody believes that there must be a rational explanation for this phenomenon and becomes obsessed with the site and discovering the true nature of the creature in the water. This mission requires him to defy and disobey everyone in the local village, even his guardian, another individual so laconic and independent as to be a soul mate, who usually lets this resourceful boy do whatever he wants. Cody's steps in solving the mystery are breathtakingly lonely and dangerous.

As much as I admire individualism and independence, it is difficult for me to sympathize with courage carried to such an extreme for no compelling reason. Although others have recommended this film for children, I can't agree. It is the stuff of which nightmares are made-- I think it could even give me some. And Cody's reckless behavior, despite his admirable traits, makes him something of an anti-hero.

There is no denying, however, that the filmmakers have done a superb job with atmosphere and have captured some gorgeous wilderness scenery. I can understand this being among someone's favorite films. It is certainly different.

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