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Don's Party (1976)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 November 1976 (Australia)
Don is a schoolteacher living with his wife Kath and baby son in suburban Melbourne. On the night of the 1969 federal election he invites a small group of friends to celebrate a predicted ... See full summary »

Director:

Bruce Beresford
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Complete credited cast:
Jeanie Drynan ... Kath / Wife
John Hargreaves ... Don / Husband
Pat Bishop Pat Bishop ... Jenny / Mal's wife
Ray Barrett ... Mal / Jenny's husband
Veronica Lang Veronica Lang ... Jody / Simon's wife
Graeme Blundell ... Simon / Jody's husband
Harold Hopkins ... Cooley / Susan's boyfriend
Clare Binney Clare Binney ... Susan / Cooley's girlfriend
Kit Taylor ... Evan / Kerry's husband
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ... Kerry / Evan's wife
Graham Kennedy ... Mack / design engineer
John Gorton ... Self (Prime Minister of Australia 1968-1971) (as John Grey Gorton)
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Don is a schoolteacher living with his wife Kath and baby son in suburban Melbourne. On the night of the 1969 federal election he invites a small group of friends to celebrate a predicted Australian Labor Party (ALP) election victory, much to the dismay of his wife. To the party come Mal, Don's university mentor, and his bitter wife Jenny, sex-obsessed Cooley and his latest girlfriend, nineteen-year-old Susan, Evan, a dentist, and his beautiful artist wife Kerry. Somehow, two Liberal supporters, Simon and Jody also come. As the party wears on it becomes clear that the Labor party, which is supported by Don and most of the guests, is not winning. As a result, alcohol consumption increases, and the sniping between Don and his male friends about their failed aspirations gets uglier, as does their behavior toward the women. Mack, a design engineer whose wife has just left him, pulls out a nude photo of her for his friends' approval. Crass womanizer Cooley pursues the available women. The ...

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What a helluva night! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

A quite comprehensive documentary about the making of this film, Crashing the Party: The Making of 'Don's Party' (2005), is included on the Australian DVD 2-disc release. Running for over two hours, at 140 minutes, the documentary is actually longer than the 'Don's Party' film itself, which runs 90 minutes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kath Henderson: Could you put Richard in the car?
Don Henderson: Right.
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Referenced in Boronia Boys (2009) See more »

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Written by John Young (uncredited)
Sung by Ross D. Wyllie
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Hysterically Funny Slice of the 60's
12 February 2003 | by critic_at_largeSee all my reviews

Don's Party is a really funny film. It also is a glimpse at how the 60's sexual revolution invaded suburban Australia. The dialogue is taut and sharp, the characters both quirky and realistic, and the setup funny in a tawdry, Blake Edwards kind of way. A fun rental well worth seeing.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1976 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Festa de Don See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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