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High Tide (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama | 30 July 1987 (Australia)
Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour in a small town and finds her daughter in a mobile home park.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lillie
Jan Adele ...
Bet
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Ally
Frankie J. Holden ...
Lester
John Clayton ...
Col
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Mick
Toni Scanlan ...
Mary
Monica Trapaga ...
Tracey
Barry Rugless ...
Club manager
'Cowboy' Bob Purtell ...
Joe
Mark Hembrow ...
Mechanic
Emily Stocker ...
Michelle
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Jason (as Marc Gray)
Jan Boreham ...
Mona
May Howlett ...
Mick's mum
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Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour in a small town and finds her daughter in a mobile home park. Written by Anonymous

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$138,288 (USA)
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Director Gillian Armstrong had actually stayed many years before at the Mermaid Caravan Park, known as the Eden Caravan Park in real life), where part of the film is set. See more »


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It Had To Be You
Written by Isham Jones and lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Jan Adele
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The powerful Judy Davis
4 February 2003 | by (Lexington, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

There are very few performers today who can keep me captivated throughout an entire film just by their presence. One of those few is Judy Davis, who has built a successful career out of creating characters that are headstrong in attitude but very vulnerable at heart. She takes roles that most other performers would treat melodramatically and adds a fiery, deeply emotional intensity that pulls attention away from everything else on the screen.

Her skills are well displayed in "High Tide," a film that matches her up a second time with director Gillian Armstrong, who gave Davis her first major success with "My Brilliant Career." In that film, Davis played a young woman who was determined to make it in the world, despite the suffocation she felt from her community and upbringing. In "High Tide," however, Davis' character, Lillie, is roughly the opposite: she gave up on any hope for her future when she was young, and, after giving birth to a child, runs from her responsibilities and takes up a life without direction or meaning. When she finally meets up with her daughter years later, the thought of taking care of her child is petrifying; she knows this is her chance to atone for her failures, but how can she be honest with her daughter and still gain her respect?

Gillian Armstrong's films usually relate stories about characters who desperately want to communicate with each other, but face obstacles set up by their own personal habits and addictions. "Oscar and Lucinda," for instance, was about a man and a woman who desperately needed each other's love but were always blindsided by their craving for chance, represented by their gambling addictions. Here, we are immersed in the world of a family torn apart by the mother's inability to commit to a settled life and her struggles to redeem herself despite being fully convinced that it's too late to change for the better. This is not simply a film with a great performance at its center, but also a rare achievement: a fully convincing story of redemption.


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