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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 Harbutt's timeless Australian cult film about a bunch of renegades riding Kawasaki 900s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deryck Barnes Deryck Barnes ... Doctor Townes
Sandy Harbutt Sandy Harbutt ... Undertaker
Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Toad
Lex Mitchell Lex Mitchell ... Ballini
Roger Ward ... Hooks
Rebecca Gilling ... Vanessa
Susan Lloyd Susan Lloyd ... Tart
James Bowles James Bowles ... Stinkfinger (as James H. Bowles)
Bindi Williams Bindi Williams ... Midnight
Rosalind Talamini Rosalind Talamini ... Sunshine
Vincent Gil ... Doctor Death
Jane Gilling Jane Gilling ... Euridyce
Dewey Hungerford Dewey Hungerford ... Septic
Victoria Anoux Victoria Anoux ... Flossie
John Ifkovitch John Ifkovitch ... Zonk
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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 Andrew Howard <andrewh@jolt.mpx.com.au>

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Before Mad Max There Was STONE See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1974 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Sie nannten ihn Stone See more »

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Budget:

AUD 700,000 (estimated)
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Hedon Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is notable for a motorcycle stunt where a motor-bike rides off the cliff-top of an 80 foot high rock into the sea. See more »

Quotes

[Walking into a bar]
Stone: D'ya sell beer here?
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Alternate Versions

Director Sandy Harbutt's original theatrical cut ran 132 minutes, but it is reported that he was relatively unhappy with this version. When optioned for video release by Roadshow Home Video (a division of Roadshow Film Distributors) Harbutt requested that he be able to re-cut his film so that it reflected his original vision. The original Australian video release (circa 1985) runs 98 minutes and carries a "Director Approved" message coupled with Harbutt's signature. It is this significantly shorter "Director's Cut", inclusive of Premium Film's 1995 21st Anniversary re-release, that has replaced all previous versions of the film. See more »

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Rage
Lyrics by Dylan Thomas
Sung by Doug Parkinson
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A magnificent classic motorbike film of its time
13 June 2001 | by wombat_1See all my reviews

The closest equivalent of "Easy Rider"; in my view, even better than that movie.

A simple plot. Someone is systematically murdering a group of bikers, one by one. An undercover cop is reluctantly accepted by the group as a part-time member to try to find the murderer. He quickly gains a lot of credibility with the bikers; even some respect.

The plot is oversimple, the dialogue is stilted, the film is corny, the characters are totally without depth, the acting is poor. However, the same could be said of movies such as "Deliverance". But none of that matters. The "ambience" of life as a biker is what matters; and again as in movies such as "Deliverance", the 1970s "feel" of the picture, the action, the "macho": that is what is important.

To those such as I, who remember those times, it is nostalgic. To those who are too young to remember those times, a glimpse of the wilder side of life as it "used to be".

Finally, no review of this movie would be complete without some discussion of the two "on the road" scenes. The low-angle shot of the bike race; and the helicopter view of the funeral procession down the F3 freeway can both rightfully be called "classics" of the motor vehicle movie genre. Every bit as spectacular and "significant" as, for example, the chase scene in "Bullitt" or the crowded street race in "The Italian Job".


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