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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
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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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30 July 1987 (Australia)  »

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$138,288 (USA)
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Second and final [to date, February 2015] of two collaborations of actress Judy Davis and director Gillian Armstrong. The pair had previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed period film My Brilliant Career (1979). See more »


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Greensleeves
Played by the ice cream van and also performed by Jan Adele
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27 February 2001 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This is one film I am always recommending to friends looking for something "different" to see. On paper it sounds like one of those 1940's "women's pictures" but in execution it is something really special and beautiful. Gillian Armstrong adds real texture and symbolic heft to the simple story--those speeding-camera shots of the water are wonderful!--and is aided by a sublime cast. Judy Davis gives what is, for my money, quite possibly the greatest performance ever captured on film. She has two scenes in particular--the initial confrontation with her ex-mother-in-law, and a lengthy conversation in a parked car with her daughter where she tries to explain and make sense of her life--that are just extraordinary. This is acting of the highest order and, like the film itself, rises above its meager melodramatic roots.


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