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Asta Cadell
Tony Barry ...
Tim Curtis
Simone Buchanan ...
Lizzie Curtis
Gillian Jones ...
Tina Farrel
Peter Aanensen ...
Sgt. Wal Cuddy
Margaret Ford ...
Norma Curtis
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Danny Fiske
Bill McCluskey ...
Ross (as Bill McClusky)
Allison Taylor ...
Penny
Phillip Dean ...
Gary
Stig Wemyss ...
Bobby (as Graeme 'Stig' Wemyss)
Douglas Walker ...
Andrew
Matthew Quartermaine ...
Brian
Matt Hayden ...
Wayne
Warren Jones ...
Bruce
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Asta Cadell, a lawyer traveling through the Australian Outback on holiday, stops in a small Western Australian town after her motorcycle breaks down and shacks up with Tim Curtis, the local mechanic, while fixing it. She then becomes involved in helping Curtis' teenage daughter, Lizzie, who has been recently date-raped by Danny Fiske, the son of a wealthy, well-known citizen and his gang. Asta persuades Lizzie to press charges against Danny, but the local population becomes determined to keep the incident a secret at any cost and soon Asta and the Curtis family's lives are in danger. Written by matt-282

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15 July 1988 (USA)  »

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A Cidade da Vergonha  »

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AUD 1,650,000 (estimated)

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$300,000 (USA)
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Moving, poignant and believable
17 April 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Powerful but restrained acting highlights this story of a lawyer who happens upon a family whose daughter has been blamed for her own gangrape, on the old theory that she must have asked for it. The characters gradually and quite believably overcome their natural tendencies toward denial and passivity in the face of overwhelming circumstances. There is a refreshing absence of crusading spirit and rhetoric such as you usually get in films dealing with themes of this kind. Rather, quiet, inner heroism emerges quite naturally from the various characters as they deal with the specific problems that have come upon them. Beautifully done, wonderfully and subtly acted. Watch it.


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