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Wake in Fright ()


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After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.

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Doc Tydon
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John Grant
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Jock Crawford
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Janette Hynes
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Dick
Peter Whittle ...
Joe
Al Thomas ...
Tim Hynes
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Charlie
John Armstrong ...
Atkins
Slim DeGrey ...
Jarvis (as Slim De Grey)
Maggie Dence ...
Receptionist
Norman Erskine ...
Joe the Cook
Owen Moase ...
1st Controller
John Dalleen ...
2nd Controller
Buster Fiddess ...
Charlie Jones
Tex Foote ...
Stubbs
Colin Hughes ...
Stockman
Jacko Jackson ...
Van Driver
Nancy Knudsen ...
Robyn
Dawn Lake ...
Joyce
Harry Lawrence ...
Higgins
Robert McDarra ...
Pig Eyes (as Bob McDarra)
Carlo Manchini ...
Poker Player (as Carlo Marchini)
Liam Reynolds ...
Miner
Nelson ...
Fighting Kangaroo (as Nelson-the fighting kangaroo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Peter ...
Extra (uncredited)
Gordon Piper ...
Two-up Player (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ted Kotcheff

Written by

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Evan Jones ... (screenplay)
 
Kenneth Cook ... (based on the novel "Wake in Fright" by)
 
Ted Kotcheff ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Howard G. Barnes ... executive producer
Bill Harmon ... executive producer
Maurice Singer ... associate producer (as Maurice A. Singer)
George Willoughby ... producer

Music by

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John Scott ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Brian West ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Anthony Buckley

Editorial Department

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Thom Noble ... post-production coordinator

Casting By

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Jill Dempster
John Merrick

Art Direction by

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Dennis Gentle

Costume Design by

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Ron Williams ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Monica Dawkins ... makeup artist
Robert Hynard ... hairdressing

Production Management

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Anthony Buckley ... production supervisor: restoration (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Howard Rubie ... first assistant director
Philip Austin ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Falloon ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Jim McElroy ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Appleton ... sound recording
Keith Palmer ... sound editor
Hugh Strain ... sound mixer
Tim Wellburn ... sound editor
Eddy Joseph ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

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Anthos Simon ... digital restoration: Atlab (uncredited)

Stunts

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Peter Whittle ... stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John R. McLean ... camera operator (as John Mclean)
Tony Tegg ... gaffer
Greg Cole ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Peter Hannan ... assistant camera (uncredited) / director of photography: second unit (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ron Williams ... wardrobe

Location Management

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John Shaw ... location manager

Music Department

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John Scott ... conductor
Vic Flick ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Keith Grant ... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Rolf Harris ... music advisor (uncredited)
John Scott ... musician: flute (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Rita Cavill ... continuity
Vivian Holmes ... production secretary
Philip Moylan ... production accountant
Fred Hift ... publicist: Great Britain and Europe (uncredited)
Bernie Jeffrey ... stand-in: Gary Bond (uncredited)
Meg Labrum ... publicist: restoration (uncredited)
Raena Lea-Shannon ... legal counsel: Wake in Fright Trust (uncredited)
Lynda Levy ... producer assistant: post-production (uncredited)
Michael Neary ... copyright holder: Wake in Fright Trust (uncredited)
Howard Rubie ... cultural advisor (uncredited)
Jack Thompson ... cultural advisor (uncredited)
Peter Weir ... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

John Grant, a teacher working in the remote Australian town of Tiboonda, is under a financial bond with his Government job. At the end of term before Christmas holidays, he plans to visit his girlfriend in Sydney. In order to catch a flight to Sydney, he takes a train to the nearby mining town called Bundanyabba (or "The Yabba"), and plans to stay there overnight before moving on further to the airport. But things go grossly out of script as he is engulfed by the Yabba and its disconcerting residents. Written by PipingHotViews

Plot Keywords
Taglines Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have some dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Outback (United States)
  • Outback (United Kingdom)
  • Bite the Bullet (World-wide, English title)
  • Sweat, Dust and Beer... There's Nothing Else Out Here Mate! (Japan, English title)
  • Outback (Ireland, English title)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Budget AUD800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The movie had been out of circulation for decades because the negative went missing, sparking an international search. After a ten-year quest veteran Australian producer Anthony Buckley finally tracked it down in mid-2004 in a Pittsburgh warehouse, inside a shipping container marked "For Destruction". See more »
Goofs Inside Doc Tydon's hut, there is a window near the back door seen when Grant wants to go to the toilet. However, from outside, the window is at least a meter from the door. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Australian Movies to the World (1983). See more »
Soundtracks She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain See more »
Crazy Credits PRODUCERS' NOTE: The hunting scenes depicted in this film were taken during an actual kangaroo hunt by professional licensed hunters. For this reason and because the survival of the Australian kangaroo is seriously threatened, these scenes were shown uncut after consultation with the leading animal welfare organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom. See more »
Quotes [a stranger has just given John a ride in his jeep and dropped him off at a bar]
John Grant: [grabbing his suitcase] Alright, thanks a lot.
Van Driver: Come and have a drink, mate.
John Grant: No thanks.
Van Driver: Come on, have a drink!
John Grant: [wearily] No, I'm just not at the moment...
Van Driver: It'll only take a minute. Come on, come and have a drink!
John Grant: [angrily] Look mate, I've given up drinking for a while.
Van Driver: What's wrong with you, you bastard? Why don't you come and drink with me? I've just brought you fifty miles in the heat and dust, and you won't drink with me! What's wrong with you?
John Grant: What's the matter with you people, huh? You... sponge on you, you, burn your house down, murder your wife, rape your child, that's all right! Not have a drink with you, not have a... flaming bloody drink with you, that's a criminal offence, that's the... end of the bloody world!
[storms off]
Van Driver: Yer mad, yer bastard!
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