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Thunderstruck -- After a near death experience, five Boys, all devoted AC/DC fans, make a pact to bury their best friend next to the grave of Bon Scott. 12 years later, having gone their different ways, they come together to fulfill the promise.


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Release Date:
20 May 2004 (Australia) See more »
Break every rule but never break a promise See more »
After a near death experience, five Boys, all devoted AC/DC fans, make a pact to bury their best friend next to the grave of Bon Scott. 12 years later, having gone their different ways, they come together to fulfill the promise. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Damon Gameau ... Sonny

Stephen Curry ... Ben

Ryan Johnson ... Lloyd

Callan Mulvey ... Sam

Sam Worthington ... Ronnie

Kestie Morassi ... Amy

Rachel Gordon ... Molly

Vito de Francesco ... Head Chef
John Merkel ... Rob Wallace
Jennifer Wall ... Twister Woman
Al Clark ... Gary Geffen
John Sheerin ... Mr. Jones
Judi Farr ... Mrs. Jones
Peter Longbottom ... Male Jingle Singer
Jenny Dunstan ... Female Jingle Singer / Singing Duo
Nick Sheppard ... Advertising Guy
Monica Main ... Jen

Saskia Burmeister ... Chloe
Rory Walker ... Trevor
George Kapiniaris ... Mr Koyths (as George Kapinairis)
Bill McCluskey ... Ronnie's Dad
Alice Dale ... Ronnie's Mum
Mark McAullay ... Singing Duo
Blythe Ashton ... Birthday Girl
John Doyle ... Service Station Owner
Nikki Visser ... Service Station Daughter
Naomi Robson ... Today Tonight Host
Karen Tan ... TV Reporter
Marie-Anne Keeffe ... TV Reporter
Andrea Mayes ... TV Reporter

Jason Gann ... Robbo
Shaun Angus Hall ... Simmo
Thelma Lumsden ... Old Lady in Shower
Quentin Kenihan ... Van Man
Emma Jackson ... Barmaid

Roy Billing ... Tiny
Jon Doust ... AC / DC Fan #1
Todd Shilkin ... AC / DC Fan #2
Paul Montague ... AC / DC Fan #3
Kingsley Judd ... AC / DC Fan #4

Deborah Kennedy ... Matron of Honour
Jennifer McNamara ... Robbo's Mum

Bojana Novakovic ... Anna
Chris Bent ... Wedding Singer
James Morley ... AC / DC
Gary Dunn ... AC / DC
Duncan Mackintosh ... AC / DC
Blair Jones ... AC / DC
Jamie Williams ... AC / DC
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Astachnowicz ... Bridegroom
Adam Boys ... Mourning Kid

Michael Hartwich ... Sam Hunter
Charlton Hill ... Himself (as Andrew Hill)
Ella Hooper ... Herself - Killing Heidi
Jason D. Jordan ... Roadie

Conrad Le Bron ... Mourning Kid
Goran Ozanic ... AC / DC Fan #5
Derek Tong ... Mobster
Kevin Bloody Wilson ... Himself (deleted scene)

Directed by
Darren Ashton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Darren Ashton  written by
Shaun Angus Hall  written by

Produced by
Al Clark .... executive producer
Andrena Finlay .... executive producer
Barbara Gibbs .... line producer
Jodi Matterson .... producer
Bjorg Veland .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
David Thrussell 
François Tétaz  (as Frank Tetaz)
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Hall 
Film Editing by
Martin Connor 
Casting by
Nick Hamon 
Production Design by
Karen Harborow 
Art Direction by
Tony Campbell 
Set Decoration by
Chris Jobson 
Juliet John 
Costume Design by
Ariane Weiss 
Makeup Department
K.T. Crocker .... makeup department head
Production Management
Mark 'Sharky' Johnson .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Enfield .... first assistant director
Brad Lanyon .... third assistant director
Scott Lovelock .... second assistant director
Art Department
Obie O'Brien .... assistant stand-by props (as Alex O'Brien)
Yuri Poetzl .... props
Angus Smith .... action vehicle coordinator
Sound Department
Christian Bass .... sound editor
Timothy Jordan .... crowds editor
Sonal Joshi .... dialogue editor
Leah Katz .... dialogue editor
Adrian Medhurst .... foley artist
Wayne Pashley .... supervising sound editor
Fabian Sanjurjo .... adr editor
Fabian Sanjurjo .... dialogue editor
John Simpson .... foley editor
John Simpson .... foley recordist
Peter D. Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Townend .... sound supervisor
Andy Wright .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Tony Garland .... special effects
Visual Effects by
David Booth .... visual effects supervisor
Nick Booth .... scanning and recording supervisor: Weta Digital
Darrin Hanley .... titles designer
Mick Harkin .... digital compositor
Nick Monton .... digital intermediate supervisor
Jamie Watson .... compositor
Phil Greig .... digital intermediate technologist (uncredited)
Dean Gould .... stunt performer
Joe Pampanella .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Binnie .... additional assistant camera
Nick Matthews .... assistant camera: additional scenes
Jane Moustakas .... video assistant attachment
Matthew Richards .... electrician
Kevin Scott .... focus puller
Trent Skipper .... video assistant attachment
Marc Spicer .... camera operator
Nigel Tomkinson .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Trevor Toune .... gaffer
Matthew Wolters .... grip
Casting Department
Angela Heesom .... casting associate
John L. Simpson .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Julie-Anne De Ruvo .... first assistant editor
Siggy Ferstl .... digital intermediate colorist
Jackie Lee .... digital intermediate executive producer
John L. Simpson .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Tony Ayres .... story editor
Jenny Bichard .... safety assistant
Tim Burns .... location manager
Pauline Burt .... risk manager
Sally Clarke .... production coordinator
Mark Evans .... location manager
Rachel Higgins .... development coordinator
Rachel Higgins .... post-production accountant
Lyn Jones .... production accountant
Steve Marcus .... caterer
Stuart Morrice .... production runner
John L. Simpson .... assistant to producer
Oksana Sokol .... script supervisor

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Australia:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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This film is considered an Ozploitation picture, an Australian exploitation movie.See more »
Errors in geography: The boys head north out of Sydney over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to get to Freemantle. A very long way round.See more »
Sonny:[Sam and Ben have just had a brawl, and Ben is walking away] You know, the day that Ronnie died, there wasn't a cloud in the sky. It was perfect weather. So Ronnie goes out to play some golf. Suddenly, out of nowhere, this storm just appears. Ronnie's on the fourth hole. He goes to tee off.
[Flashback. We see Ronnie raising his wedge, when a lightning bolt strikes it]
Sonny:You remember what the last song we all heard together was?
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Movie Connections:
References The Karate Kid (1984)See more »
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
You know what to expect... To be Thunderstruck, 3 August 2004
Author: fleur-kelly from Australia

Lets face it, this movie was never meant to be "The Godfather: Part 2" or "Lost in Translation". It is totally about how far devoted fans of bands will go for their Idols and their mates. And you know what you are letting yourself in for before you even step up to the Ticket booth and say "2 for the next screening of Thunderstuck please"

Revolving around 4 mates who are keeping a promise to a old friend (Ronnie) who unfortunately was literally struck by thunder when a rogue lighting strike hit him on a golf course. Sonny decides to pull the gang back together and take off with the ashes of Ronnie to the cemetery where Bon Scott grave is so they fulfill their promise to him. Of course They are on the east coast and the cemetery they have to get to is on the west coast, and in the middle is one of the roughest deserts in the world. And of course they have no money for a plane flight over, so what to do?

So Let the Mayhem begin with Sonny "Borrowing" his Dad's most beloved Van for the Trip without telling him first of course. Sonny and Sam Drugging Ben to drag him away from his straight laced supermarket Job. Trying to keep the Cocaine trafficking Lloyd in line who is on the run from the Asian Triad, and being hit on by Petrol station owners. Oh it is never a easy road to keep a promise to your friends cremate ashes which you happened to steal from his Succubus ex-wife. But a Promise is a Promise.

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