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The Cars That Ate Paris ()


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The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.

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The Mayor
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Arthur Waldo
Kevin Miles ...
Dr. Midland
Rick Scully ...
George Waldo
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Metcalfe
Danny Adcock ...
Policeman
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Charlie
Kevin Golsby ...
Insurance man
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Darryl
Peter Armstrong ...
Gorman
Joe Burrow ...
Ganger
Deryck Barnes ...
Al Smedley
Edward Howell ...
Tringham
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Mulray
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Beth
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Les
Herbert Nelson ...
Man in House (as Herbie Nelson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlie Metcalfe ...
Clive Smedley (uncredited)
Frank Saba ...
Con Lexus (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Weir

Written by

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Peter Weir ... (screenplay)
 
Peter Weir ... (story) and
Keith Gow ... (story) and
Piers Davies ... (story)

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Hal McElroy ... producer
Jim McElroy ... producer

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Bruce Smeaton

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John R. McLean ... (as John McLean)

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Wayne LeClos

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Margaret Cardin ... negative cutter
Tomash Pokorry ... assistant editor

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David Copping ... (as David R. Copping)

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Liz Michie ... makeup artist

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Ross Matthews ... assistant director
Chris Noonan ... assistant director

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Neil Angwin ... property master
John Denton ... construction manager
Mont Fieguth ... stand-by propman (as Monty Fieguth)
Ken James ... props

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Sara Bennett ... sound editor
Peter Fenton ... sound mixer
Ken Hammond ... sound recordist
Michael Midlam ... boom operator
Phil Judd ... sound effects recordist (uncredited)

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Peter Armstrong ... stunt coordinator

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James Allen ... clapper loader (as Jimmy Allen)
David Burr ... focus puller
Andrew Fraser ... camera operator
Peter James ... camera operator
Graeme Mardell ... key grip (as Grahame Mardell)
Tony Tegg ... gaffer
Richard Wallace ... camera operator
Rob Young ... best boy (as Robbie Young)

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Ron Williams ... wardrober

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Tom Hogan ... location manager

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Bruce Smeaton ... conductor

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Gilda Baracchi ... continuity

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Alf Blight ... action vehicles

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Anthony G. Furse ... qalar effects
Pom Oliver ... production secretary (as Pam Oliver)
Pauline Ryan ... production accountant
Harry Williams ... caterer
Pom Oliver ... production secretary (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A small town in rural Australia (Paris) makes its living by causing car accidents and salvaging any valuables from the wrecks. Into this town come brothers Arthur and George. George is killed when the Parisians cause their car to crash, but Arthur survives and is brought into the community as an orderly at the hospital. But Paris is not problem free. Not only do the Parisians have to be careful of outsiders (such as insurance investigators), but they also have to cope with the young people of the town who are dissatisfied with the status quo. Written by Mark Thompson

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Taglines They're the cars that ate Paris. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Peter Weir's The Cars That Ate Paris (Australia)
  • The Cars That Eat People (United States)
  • Les voitures qui ont mangé Paris (France)
  • Killing Cars (France)
  • Los coches que devoraron París (Spain)
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  • 91 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This movie is arguably the first of the Australian "car" movies that would prove significant in the new Australian film revival of the 1970s and into the 1980s [See Also: Stone (1974), The F.J. Holden (1977), In Search of Anna (1978), Summer City (1977), Backroads (1977), Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Midnite Spares (1983), Running on Empty (1982), Dead End Drive-In (1986) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)]. See more »
Goofs A watchman enters a warehouse with a watchdog and he finds Charlie hiding behind a hooded car. The watchdog barks as they enter, but there's nothing to be heard. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Terror Nullius (2018). See more »
Soundtracks Rock of Ages See more »
Quotes Arthur Waldo: I can drive!
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