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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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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

This movie is somewhat considered a precursor to Mad Max (1979). David Stratton in his book 'The Last New Wave' states that this movie " . . . bears many similarities to the [later] Mad Max (1979) and is, in a sense, its forerunner. Both deal with anti-social bikie gangs, both have as their title protagonist a policeman who is as rough as the criminals he's trying to capture, both feature characters with bizarre names . . . ". Even DVD releases of this movie have boasted a tagline suggesting this: "Before MAD MAX and THE ROAD WARRIOR There Was STONE". See more »

Quotes

Stone: Yeah, I like the old Gravediggers. I'd be glad to see them any time.
[the Gravediggers burst into Stone's apartment and beat him to a pulp]
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Referenced in Merrick: I'll Spew on Your Grave (2016) See more »

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Rage
Lyrics by Dylan Thomas
Sung by Doug Parkinson
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You had to be there...
30 March 2006 | by triumph1See all my reviews

The seventies hold a special place in time for me. 1974 was all about (in no particular order) Motorcycles, beer, LSD, marijuana, underground comics (freak brothers), Hawkwind, my girlfriend Karen and of course Stone (the movie).

Outlaw Motorcycle clubs were a lot different in Sydney back then, riding motorcycles (and drinking beer) was our only purpose in life. Back then only an idiot would ride a Harley and the dream bike was the Kawasaki Z1 900 that had only just been released. So imagine a film like Stone blasting it's way onto the screen resplendent with custom painted Kawa 900's! We were mesmerized, personally I remember seeing it 6 times at the local cinema.

Watching it today opens the gates to memory lane, those that use the F3 freeway north of Sydney will appreciate the shots of the road in the funeral procession scene; the road was brand new then! And the shots of the lower North Shore and Pittwater are truly a piece of Sydney's history. Note the absence of traffic.

Forget the acting, when you're 18, off your nut on drugs and that Z1 starts up with the baffles removed at the beginning of the movie, it's mind blowing!!! Non bikers can turn off here :O) Midnight's black Kawa 900 was my favorite, come to think of it, how many indigenous Aussies had a real part in a movie before this? Not many I'd say...

I've now been riding bikes for 35 years now and Stone still holds a special place in my heart. 10 outa 10 for Sandy.

Cosmic flash, and there ya go...

Mick.


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