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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... See full summary »

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Cast

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Zoe Tuckwell-Smith ...
Daniel Krige ...
Mal
Celia Ireland ...
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John Martin ...
Petrol Attendant
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Wayne Walker ...
Ute Driver
Cheyanne ...
Charlie Sparkles
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Radio Operator
Robert Whiteside ...
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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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Trivia

During the first part of the movie, John arrives at a town called Cullen. There is no such town in NSW, Australia, the actual town is called Wilcannia. The Cullen signs are props, including the "Cullen is a titty town" sign. He drives in on the Barrier Highway over the Darling River bridge, then enters Martin Street to fill up at the BP petrol station. See more »

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When John is shot, he is holding a rifle. When he is seen laying by the car, it is clearly a saw off shot gun. See more »

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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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Hot Potato
Written by Murray Cook (as M. Cook), Jeff Fatt (as J. Fatt), Anthony Field (as A. Field),
Greg Page (as G. Page), and J. Field
Performed by The Wiggles
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Involving and thought provoking
25 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found Cactus to be involving and thought provoking. I've read some reviews elsewhere online that said it wasn't fast paced enough; I think they were written by people looking for an action movie, and not prepared for what is basically a relationship drama, in which the painful trajectories the characters are on are revealed to the audience as they're revealed to each other.

I found it interesting that while both of the main characters were believable, the kidnapper ultimately was revealed to be more sympathetic (though both characters went through a transformation as the narrative developed.)

Re: the reviews online that claim too many elements were left unresolved, I understand but don't agree with their point. Cactus is not a movie that wraps things up into neat packets, neatly labeled, with a narrator summing up the meaning or "moral." The viewer is left to figure some (major) things out. If you like your movies all sewn up with neat explanations, it may be unsatisfying, but if you like relationship dramas that open up slowly, and leave you to ponder some things, I expect you'll like it.


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