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Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988)

Prison gangs clash in a high-tech security jail where there are no rules.

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Wenzil
Mike Bishop ...
David Yale
Chris DeRose ...
Grezner
Kevin Mackey ...
Glover
Dave Mason ...
Lilly
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Maynard
Bogdan Koca ...
Waychek
Freddo Dierck ...
Robbins
Vincent Gil ...
Ruben
M.E. Duncan ...
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Nick Seferi ...
Junkie 2
Tony Clark ...
Simone
Yilmaz Tuhan ...
Food King
Ian Mortimer ...
Jack
Mick King ...
Edwin Neal
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The inmates and guards of a modern, clean and efficient maximum security wing are slowly and increasingly brutalised until they erupt in violence. Dark and macabre, and based in truth, the story is told in a traditional dramatic style combined with telephone interviews and narration. Written by alpha sixty <alpha60@alphaville.apana.org.au>

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Nick Cave used his experience in local lock up to help write the film, he overheard another inmate say to the police guard "Come here so I can spit in your eye!!" See more »

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Maynard: Officer, come here. I wanna spit in your fucking eye!
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References Exterminator 2 (1984) See more »

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Short review and DVD info
12 September 2004 | by (Hull, UK) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie years ago when it was shown as part of Channel 4's "Down Under" season. I don't think it has been shown on UK TV since - to be honest I am surprised it was shown even once.

A great movie to be sure, brilliantly scripted, and of course Nick Cave's manic performance is truly astonishing.

This movie is notoriously hard to get hold of, especially in the UK, however! I have recently purchased a (new) copy of the Collectors Edition DVD from an Australian retailer (EzyDVD). It is all-region PAL format so I can play it no problem on my UK player. Dirt cheap it was as well. There are a whole host of extras too so all-in-all a top DVD.

I thought I would pass the information on as I had been trying to buy the film on Ebay for ages but the prices were going too high when there were any copies on there. Then lo and behold the Net came to the rescue. I got it shipped from Oz in just over a week.


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