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Release Date:
1 January 1987 (USA) See more »
The film is set in a house occupied by a collection of social misfits. The main storyline is that of a strange musician's relationship with a girl... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A snap-shot of the moment between youth and reality. See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order)

Michael Hutchence ... Sam

Saskia Post ... Anna
Nique Needles ... Tim
Deanna Bond ... The Girl
Tony Helou ... Luchio

Chris Haywood ... Chainsaw man
Peter Walsh ... Anthony
Laura Swanson ... Clare
Adam Briscomb ... Grant
Sharon Jessop ... Leanne
Edward Clayton-Jones ... Nick
Martii Coles ... Mark
Chuck Meo ... Charles
Caroline Lee ... Jenny
Fiona Latham ... Barbara
Stephanie Johnson ... Erica
Gary Foley ... Barry
Glenys Osborne ... Lisa
Alannah Hill ... Anna's girlfriend
Robyn McLellan ... Anna's girlfriend
Troy Davies ... Skinhead / Leanne's brother
John Murphy ... Leanne's brother
Owen Roberson ... Leanne's brother
Helena Phillips ... Stacey
Kelly Hoare ... Chainsaw woman
Robyn Lowenstein ... Chainsaw baby
Robert Ratti ... The Dealer
Barbara Jungwirth ... Sam's Mother
Beamish Elliot ... Hardcore Hippie
Noel Pennington ... Policeman
Ted Fahrner ... Policeman
Michelle Bennett ... Grant's Girl

Lian Lunson ... Grant's Girl
George Maleckas ... Crazy George
Hugo Race ... Pierre
Joe Camilleri ... Terry Towling Man
Liz Meyers ... Sales Person
Tim McLaughlan ... Sales Person
Lillian Wilson ... Mount Waverley Mum
Emma de Clario ... Champion Girl (as Emma Di Clario)
Sybil Gibb ... Champion Girl
Helen Gianeysky ... TV Interviewer
Jean Osborne

Gavin Wood ... Himself - Countdown Announcer (voice)
Martha Butler
Harriet Freeman
Kelly Gallagher
Angela Howard
Tim Millikan
Marie Hoy
Sarah Newsome
Ollie Olsen ... Bowie Fan

Miriam Smith
Miles Standish

Noah Taylor ... Bowie Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Doherty
Mandy Kennedy ... Bowie fan
Leo Schultz ... Man in the street
Brooke Andrew ... Drummer (uncredited)
Anthony C. Francis ... Uncredited (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Lowenstein 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Lowenstein  written by

Produced by
Robert Le Tet .... executive producer
Glenys Rowe .... producer
Dennis Wright .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Hutchence 
Cinematography by
Andrew de Groot 
Film Editing by
Jill Bilcock 
Art Direction by
Jody Borland 
Costume Design by
Karen Ansell 
Lynn-Maree Milburn  (as Lynn-Marie Milburn)
Makeup Department
Troy Davies .... makeup artist
Carolyn Nott .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lynda House .... production manager
John Kearney .... executive in charge of production
Kim Lewis .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Grinder .... second assistant director
Ross Hamilton .... first assistant director
Margot Saloman .... third assistant director
Art Department
Steven Jones-Evans .... art department buyer
Chris Kennedy .... set dresser
MacGregor Knox .... stand-by props
Steven Meier .... props
Sound Department
Tim Chau .... sound editor
Peter Clancy .... sound engineer
Bruce Emery .... sound mixer
Dean Gawen .... sound editor (as Dean Gawden)
Dean Gawen .... sound recordist (as Dean Gawden)
Dean Gawen .... sound supervisor (as Dean Gawden)
Steve Lambeth .... sound editor
John Murphy .... sound effects editor
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
Stephen Vaughan .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Jeff Little .... special effects
Brian Pearce .... special effects supervisor
Peter Stubbs .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Marc Varisco .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Zev Eleftheriou .... stunts
Marijke Rikki van Gyen .... stunt performer (as Rikki Van Gyen)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Jones .... Steadicam operator
Mandy Walker .... clapper loader
Music Department
Ross Cockle .... music score engineer
Bruce Milne .... music researcher
Ollie Olsen .... musical director
Other crew
Tony Ayres .... attachment: Film Victoria
Jakki Mann .... production coordinator
Sam Sejavka .... script consultant
Sue Stephens .... production coordinator
Robert Abboud .... thanks
Nick Cave .... thanks
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum .... thanks

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2009) | UK:18 | USA:R

Did You Know?

This film is based on real life and several of the people the characters are based upon appear in the movie as extras. At the car flip-over party, the runaway girl sits on the lap of the real Sam, Michael Hutchence's character. The real Tim, filmmaker Richard Lowenstein, is seen in a blue and white striped shirt and wearing a head scarf at the same party. The real little guy in the trench coat appears outside the restroom where the movie little guy in a trench coat is shooting up. Chuck plays himself; that is the real Chuck Meo on screen. The real Sam can also be seen at the club, watching the woman doing the Nick Cave cover.See more »
Anachronisms: When Anna is buying Sam a microwave brick at the store, an issue of National Lampoon from 1985 is seen on the magazine rack.See more »
Tim:Better watch out, Sammy. You'll get healthy eating all that crap.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Thunderbirds" (1965)See more »
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A snap-shot of the moment between youth and reality., 5 March 2004
Author: catgrin from San Diego, CA

This is one of my favorite movies, but for personal - not cinematic - reasons.

During high school I lived without parents, and frequently my house resembled the house in the pic. It was filled with teens and early twenty-somethings who were trying to either get the hang of standing alone as adults or ignoring the fact that they'd passed childhood up altogether.

Most people may not realize that the movie gives a fairly accurate description of that (sur)reality. It may seem shallow or pretentious, and it may lack in "deep" plot twists and turns. The thing is, at that age, and in that type of life you live without worrying about the next day because it's just too big a concern to deal with. Most will never live, or think/feel this way.

On the cinematic side: the movie is not for someone sitting down to "view a good book." It's more a chance to turn off higher functions and experience another side of the world (not just Australia, but the time period and lifestyle). It's also important to note that this is not a Hollywood "teen" or "young adult" comedy - it's a drama with a lot of nonsense included, because that's what life is like.

It really is a shame that the movie isn't more widely available. I still own it from the original release, and only one of the rental stores (family owned) in my area has a copy. I'm sure it would more than meet the price to release to DVD. (I'm certain that a double disk including the original soundtrack would actually sell quite well!)

If you find it, watch it.

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