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Cast

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Travis McMahon ...
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Eli
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Zoe Tuckwell-Smith ...
Daniel Krige ...
Mal
Celia Ireland ...
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John Martin ...
Petrol Attendant
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Spuddo (voice)
Wayne Walker ...
Ute Driver
Cheyanne ...
Charlie Sparkles
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Radio Operator
Robert Whiteside ...
Bar Patron
Russell Hunt ...
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A man is kidnapped from his city home in the quiet hours of the night and, the kidnapper, John Kelly, embarks on a journey into the Australian Outback towards the place where his hostage is due for delivery. As time and distance roll by, the strength and endurance of both men will be tested to the very end. Written by Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan

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AUD 1,150,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie reflects the rivalry between fans of the motor vehicle makes, Ford and Holden, which is prominent in Australia. John (from the city) drives his red Ford Fairmont into a rural Australian environment that is Holden country - Roscoe, the police officer, wears a belt with Holden buckle; the petrol station owner's t-shirt proclaims the superiority of Holdens; the vehicle that spots the Ford is a Holden with the word emblazoned across its rear. See more »

Goofs

The position of the fruit leather on the window changes between scenes. See more »

Quotes

Eli: What are you gonna do?
John: [He Ignores him and continues to duct tape Eli's hands]
Eli: What are you gonna do?
[More frustrated]
John: [Continuing to ignore him, he holds him down tighter]
Eli: What are you gonna do?
[Now yelling]
John: [Finally acknowledges him] Deliver you.
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Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Hatched
Written by C. Walker
Performed by Cindy Walker and the City Slickers
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A bit slow, but engrossing nonetheless
18 December 2008 | by (Quebec) – See all my reviews

This film could have been a masterpiece if the motivations and situation had been a bit clearer. We are left with an endless trek through the back roads with no destination in sight and no reason to feel any sympathy for either protagonist. There are several moments in the narrative that leave you guessing and wondering why the situation turns out as depicted.When you add up the miles traveled in the red Ford, it seems incredulous to say the least.As for the ending...well, you be the judge. You may be disappointed, confused, sad or in awe..it's hard to know what the film maker's intent was, but then again, that's the attraction of cinema.The expansive outdoor shots are delightful and beautifully photographed.


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