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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Cracknell ...
Rose Dougherty
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Spider McCall
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Jack
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Robert Dougherty
Jennifer Cluff ...
Helen Dougherty
Harry Tritton ...
Paddy
Heidi Lapaine ...
Nurse Maguire
Tina Bursill ...
Sister Abbott
Emily Dawe ...
Ambulance Officer
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Henderson
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Nurse Price
Brian Vriends ...
Spider's Mate
Helen O'Connor ...
Distressed Mother
David Cockburn ...
Dying Boy
Bruce Venables ...
Semi-Trailer Driver
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Spider and Rose are on the road to Coonabarabran. It's Spider's last day working as an ambo, and he's in a hurry. Rose has been in a car crash and would prefer they take their time. Along the way the two get to know each other and have some adventures neither one had planned. Written by Lynn Salmon

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Breaking and entering. Wilful destruction. Dangerous drunk driving. The old have so much to teach the young. See more »

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15 September 1994 (Australia)  »

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Pajak i róza  »

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AUD 3,400,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Crazy Credits

The end credits play over an argument between Spider and an ambulance driver as to whether Spider should travel in the back of the ambulance. After the final credit, there is a shot of the ambulance driving, with music playing from the radio. Cut to Spider, strapped to a stretcher in the back of the ambulance. He shouts: "Turn that music off!". Cut to black. See more »

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Crazy Crazy Eyes
Written by Hard-Ons
(Hard-Ons Music)
Performed by Hard-Ons
Courtesy of Waterfront Records/Festival Records
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Not a masterpiece, but with a little something that makes it worth looking
28 November 2004 | by (Geneva, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Zapping away late at night, I catched that movie just as it was starting.

I was intrigued by the nightmare-like shot of the woman besides the dead man on the side of the street. That was certainly the purpose of said shot, and in a way, the whole movie is trying to avoid us from loosing interest... which isn't a good sign, generally.

Funnily enough, there are still just about enough qualities that made me stick to it.

As was very well described in a previous comment, the film has a good cinematography, and you realize how poorly filmed about 80% of what you see when you turn on TV is...

Then, the story manages to stay touching, and full of surprises, again well stated in that other comment.

I almost wished someone had helped the director to lift his film above the thin line he was very close to be crossing. It's so hard to combine comedy, grotesque, horror, and whatever else he tried to put in that movie (I'm typing this while it's running, I left the TV on... just to tell that I was more curious to know what I had found than to really watch all the way...).

SO: it's not a success, but, to me, it came just at the right time to show me that a failure by people who where SOMEHOW inspired and had a certain know-how in making movies can be a relief - after watching TV for hours. Reminding one that TV mostly just PRETENDS to show you nice pictures. But when you see REAL cinematography, REAL story-telling with pictures, you snap out of your mind-nap. You look up, and you start using your mind again.

Just one humble testimony... obviously not aiming for any objectivity.

If you like movies a lot... if certain movies have played an important part in your life... then maybe you shouldn't miss this one!

...It's ending as I finish, I glanced from time to time. It gets better and better as it goes. Better than I expected.


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