Love Serenade (1996)

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In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station. D.J. Ken Sherry arrives from the hustle of Brisbane to run the ... See full summary »



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In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station. D.J. Ken Sherry arrives from the hustle of Brisbane to run the station; he's mid-40s, detached, thrice divorced, hatchet faced. But both sisters next door find him attractive: awkward Dimity, only 20, who works in a Chinese restaurant with few patrons, and perky Vicki-Ann, a hairdresser with a hope chest who invents a happy future with Sherry based on little but his arrival. First Dimity then Vicki-Ann spend the night with Ken, one concluding he's her boy friend, the other her fiance. Then Dimity begins to smell something fishy. Written by <>

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A comedy that proves men are a whole other species. See more »


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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Milosna serenada  »

Box Office


AUD 3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$49,853 (USA) (1 August 1997)


$579,337 (USA) (12 September 1997)

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During the filming of a scene on a grain silo, stuntman 'Collin Dragsbaek' (doubling actor 'George Shetsov') died when he fell onto a faulty airbag. See more »


Vicki Anne, wearing a pretty dress, accompanies Ken to the Chinese restaurant. Afterwards they go back to Ken's house where they spend the night together. Early next morning Vicki Anne leaves Ken's house but, now she is dressed in her uniform and heads directly off to work. See more »


Ken Sherry: Come and ease my loneliness.
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With thanks to people of Robinvale, Mildura & Elston, shires of Swan Hill, Mildura & Balranald See more »


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Written by Max Ehrmann (poet) (as Max Ehrman) and Fred Werner (music)
(EMI Music Publishing)
Performed by Les Crane
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Sisterhood is powerful
25 May 2011 | by (Baltimore) – See all my reviews

This movie comes in cute and goes out really weird. It is one of the best black comedies ever made and one of the finest films to come out of Australia.

Two dorky, love-starved sisters live together in a house in the Aussie backwater town of Sunray. Their lives are thrown into a dither when a hotshot radio DJ moves into the house next door. The DJ, named Ken Sherry, has the personality of a lugubrious bloodhound and is thrice divorced, but the sisters are smitten. He's a celebrity!

One of the sisters, Vicki, is a hairdresser with delusions of tabloid grandeur, and the other, Dimity, is a painfully shy waitress in a forlorn Chinese restaurant with the absurdly grand name Emperor's Palace. The restaurant owner is, on his off hours, a proud nudist (Did I mention this movie is weird?).

When you begin watching, you may think you know where this flick is headed. You don't. Things get stranger and stranger and casual American audiences, seeing familiar sitcom elements unfold, will likely be stunned by the bizarre directions the movie takes.

For those looking for "something else," I cannot recommend this highly enough. Oh, and a terrific Barry White soundtrack.

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