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Down by the Riverside (2007)

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New Zealand 1920. Five pregnant, unwed girls are sent to a country house to have their children. Twenty years later, the horrific truth is discovered.


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Credited cast:
Shane Burns ...
The Driver
Jo Eggleton ...
Lydia Farley ...
Sophie Andrews
Jordan-Leigh Foulds ...
Ross MacLeod ...
Sidney Harrison
Katya McGeady ...
Young Amelia
Luke McPake ...
Benny Johnson
Axle Ness ...
Walter Cardiff
Lyn Renwick ...
The Nurse
Shelley Riddle ...
Toby Sharpe ...
Owen Smith
Maia Wharawhara ...


An intertwining story of murder and mystery across two decades. In the early twentieth century, several pregnant girls meet in a country house, where they have been sent to give birth and have their children adopted. The girls are never seen by outsiders again. Almost twenty years later, two historians return to the house to research the case, and when the disturbing truth is revealed, the dark story continues. Written by cesare

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Who will survive?

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Release Date:

2 November 2007 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Revelation 4:11  »

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NZD 8,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

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2.35 : 1
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The fan in Owen's office was created as an editing afterthought, as something to cut away to during the scene. The fan shot is completely 3D generated and animated. See more »


A modern car is visible in one shot through a background window, in an early scene in the dining room. See more »


[from trailer]
Owen Smith: They found the wife easy enough, that was no problem, she was in the living room with 18 stab wounds to her chest, it was the children they couldn't find. They spent ages looking, weeks, and almost gave up the search. Till an officer went back to the house, and smelt something odd coming from the fireplace. Looked up the chimney, he'd jammed the two children up there.
Amelia: Fortunately for us they found all the bodies...
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References Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) See more »


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Performed by Richard Nunns
Courtesy of One Fat Man productions
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Great movie
28 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Down By The Riverside needs to come out in DVD format in the United States of America. It has my favorite sound effect, the Wilhelm Scream in it. It is not available in VHS either. The Wilhelm Scream was first done by Sheb Wooley in 1951 in a movie called Distant Drums. The movie starred Gary Coooper. It is an action adventure story set in the Florida Everglades during the Seminole Indian Rebellion of 1840. It is odd that Sheb Wooley is not in the movie. Sheb Wooley also appeared as a regular in Rawhide and portrayed a cowhand named Pete. He also released the song "Flying Purple People Eater". Sheb Wooley died in 2003 and his Wilhelm Scream is still showing up in movies everywhere. One more thing this DVD comes out to October 3rd 2010 for united states.

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