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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joy Smithers ...
Terri Tunkley
Des. Tunkley
Philip Quast ...
Les Tunkley
Genevieve Mooy ...
Margaret York
Louise Le Nay ...
Helen Tunkley
Max Phipps ...
Sam Tregado
Jack Ellis ...
Jack Tunkley
Wally Wombat
Helen McDonald ...
Pat Harrison
Mervyn Drake ...
Warren Harrison
Di Smith ...
Cheryl Mason
Lance Curtis ...
Wayne Mason
Garry Who ...
Charito Ortez ...
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EMOH RUO - try saying it backwards [Australia Theatrical] See more »







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12 September 1985 (Australia)  »

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Housebroken  »

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The Australian DVD release for this film includes this films' writers' (Paul Leadon and David Poltorak) entertaining short film, Making Weekend of Summer Last (1980) - a mockumentary parody of 1970s Australian movies. See more »


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1980s social commentary packaged in a very funny film.
12 June 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

What "The Castle" was to Melbourne in the 90s, "Emoh Ruo" is to Sydney in the 80s.

A "typical" not so wealthy young couple with child live in a caravan in a wealthy Sydney suburb. After an unfortunate incident, and after being seduced by an immensely funny parody of a TV Home Loan commercial, they decide to build a "dream home" of their own. Being completely innocent of such matters, they therefore become victims of builders, real estate salesmen, the bank, of tradition, of society, and even of their own families. They don't cope at all well to start (he loses his job and she becomes quite neurotic); although all crises are happily resolved in the end, even if in a somewhat unexpected way.

Unlike some other very funny movies, this one has a coherent plot, a believable (for a comedy) storyline; and some actual depth to the characters. It's more than a collection of gags strung together. It's a wry commentary on what was a reality to many people of the day. In many ways, a political cartoon made into a movie.

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