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Love Serenade (1996)

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Take it off. Baby, take it all off. See more »

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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1 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Milosna serenada  »

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AUD 3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,853, 3 August 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$579,337, 14 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 »

Goofs

In the version of Love Serenade available on Amazon, the popular 70s disco tune "The Hustle" by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony is played when Dimity first spies Ken performing Tai Chi in his backyard. In the version of Love Serenade available on Netflix, a funky instrumental jam is played in its place. In both versions of the movie, the music ends with Ken announcing the song as "The Hustle", which is credited in both soundtracks as well. See more »

Quotes

Dimity Hurley: Do you ever feel loneliness?
Ken Sherry: [surprised] Loneliness? Of course I feel loneliness.
Dimity Hurley: Me too. Sometimes. Not all the time.
[pause]
Dimity Hurley: Would you like me to ease it for you?
Ken Sherry: Ease what?
Dimity Hurley: Your loneliness.
Ken Sherry: My loneliness?
Dimity Hurley: I could ease it for you, maybe...
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Soundtracks

Rock Your Baby
Written by Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry Casey)/Richard Finch
(Southern Music Publishing Co. of Australia Pty. Ltd.)
Performed by George McCrae
Courtesy of Rhino Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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20 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Love Serenade" is a quirky and original film. I'm reminded of Pauline Kael's remark about "Passport to Pimlico" - "comedy with a fine flavour." I'd never heard of this and only rented it because of a recommendation by David Stratton on the cover. And I'm glad I got it out - it's been years since I liked a film this much. It's generally quiet, but its off-kilter humour is really very funny, and its observations about the sexes are poignant and even disturbing. The soundtrack is a key factor; it's a great collection of smooth seventies soul tracks, but they're used ironically, and you feel a little guilty for enjoying them so much. The performances are really fine, too. In all it's a wonderful film and it needs to be seen.


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