Members of the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club are being knocked off one by one, and someone needs to find out why! Sandy Harbutt's timeless Australian cult film about a bunch of renegades riding Kawasaki 900s.
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Members of the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club are being knocked off one by one, and someone needs to find out why! Sandy Harbutts timeless Australian cult film about a bunch of regegades riding Kawasaki 900s.Written by
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[at the funeral of Go Down]
OK, Go Down, you got it; but believe me, whoever got you is goin' ta get got too; and that's a promise.
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If you're looking for the all purpose Coca Cola Universal film then this isn't it. This is a film rooted in context.
Basically this kind of film was shunted aside in the hunt for respectability of Australian film which shunned actual Australian contemporary Austraian life in favour of a white blossoming dressed vision of a genteel 100 years ago. Analyse this as you may but this vision dominated for another decade at least. MAd Max just squeaked in here.
The bikes themselves were very much of their time yet still very exciting even now. The bikers though clunky are not entirely off the mark. The plot itself has its own charm and if there is any question of its legacy 40,000 riders showed up for the 25th anniversary Stone ride.
Again this is nothing for the great Universal film like Titanic but it is still a very tasty slice of 70's Australian culture.
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