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The Firm Man (1975)

Not much is known about the firm for which businessman Gerald Baxter works, but it seems to have a negative effect on everyone involved. The hero begins to experience bizarre visions, while... See full summary »

Director:

John Duigan

Writer:

John Duigan
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Peter Cummins Peter Cummins ... Gerald Baxter
Eileen Chapman Eileen Chapman ... Melissa Baxter
Peter Carmody Peter Carmody ... Barry
Bethany Lee Bethany Lee ... Girl
Don Gunner Don Gunner ... Representative 306
Kris McQuade ... Anne Thropomorphic (as Chris McQuade)
Bruce Spence ... Messenger
Robert Meldrum Robert Meldrum ... Messenger
Max Gillies ... Managing Director
Dianne Preston Dianne Preston ... Cindy
John Preston John Preston ... Melissa's Lover / Board Member
C. Jas Mitchell C. Jas Mitchell ... Speaker
Bill Garner Bill Garner ... Street Theatre Teacher
Sarah Chapman Sarah Chapman ... Sally
Merle Keenan Merle Keenan ... Pub Lady
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Not much is known about the firm for which businessman Gerald Baxter works, but it seems to have a negative effect on everyone involved. The hero begins to experience bizarre visions, while his wife commences an affair with a friend of the family.

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Weird, hallucinatory mess
30 August 2003 | by nsouthern51See all my reviews

Weird, weird, weird. John Duigan's first credit as writer-director is one of those films that seems destined to redefine 'obscurity,' yet somehow, several other motion pictures over the years (from multiple countries) seem to have been influenced by it stylistically and thematically. The nearly incoherent, oddball premise has something to do with an Aussie executive named Gerald Baxter, who drops out socially and mentally, taking a job for a top secret firm where he plays with toys all day long. Throughout the picture, he is followed by two men in trenchcoats (one of whom is Duigan regular Bruce Spence, of "The Year My Voice Broke" and the reprehensible "Dimboola") who spy on him from around corners, fly a biplane overhead, etc. The motion picture makes absolutely no sense -- somehow, Baxter and others eventually wind up at a beach, where a naked hippie smoking a joint sits on a rock, appearing and disappearing randomly.

I saw this on a Steenbeck at the National Museum of Film, Television, and Radio in Sydney. (A STEENBECK. That's how obscure this is).


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

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7 March 1975 (Australia) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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