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Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988)

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A documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads through Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tip Byrne ...
Himself - Cane Farmer from Tully
H.W. Kerr ...
Himself - Director of the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, 1933-1943 (as Dr H.W. [Bill] Kerr)
Glen Ingram ...
Himself - Senior Curator Amphibia and Birds, Queensland Museum (as Dr Glen Ingram)
Bill Freeland ...
Himself - Wildlife Research Officer, Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory (as Dr Bill Freeland)
E.S. Edgerton ...
Himself - Former Member Cane Pest Board
Pat White ...
Himself - Cane Farmer from Gordonvale
John Oakes ...
Himself - Resident of Cairns
Patrick Cook ...
Himself - Social Commentator
David Sondergard ...
Himself - Resident of Gordonvale
Rob Floyd ...
Himself - Animal Ecologist (as Dr Rob Floyd)
Elvie Grieg ...
Herself - Resident of Redcliffe
Max Ackland ...
Himself - Mulgrave Shire Council (as Councillor Max Ackland)
Brian Hawke ...
Himself - Binding Conservator, National Library
Bob Endean ...
Himself - Associate Professor of Zoology, Queensland University (as Dr Bob Endean)
Mike Archer ...
Himself - Associate Professor of Zoology, University of N.S.W. (as Dr. Michael Archer)
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Cane Toads is a documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads (toads which live in the cane fields) through Queensland and then into the rest of Australia following a mis-informed attempt to introduce them to counter pests. Turns out they wouldn't eat the 'cane grubs' but they would multiply like no one's business... and they have no natural enemies in Australia at all, partly due to their poisonous skin. Written by Jay Furr <jfurr@danger.com>

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Természetellenes történet varangyokról  »

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The "Citizen Cane" on amphibian movies
25 March 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most enjoyable films I have ever seen. I saw it many years ago in the theater. I'm pleased to see it is being reshown by the Sundance channel. I'm looking forward to seeing it again. Check it out.


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