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Don's Party (1976)

The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Barrett ... Mal
Clare Binney Clare Binney ... Susan
Pat Bishop Pat Bishop ... Jenny
Graeme Blundell ... Simon
Jeanie Drynan ... Kath Henderson
John Hargreaves ... Don Henderson
Harold Hopkins ... Cooley
Graham Kennedy ... Mack
Veronica Lang Veronica Lang ... Jody
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ... Kerry
Kit Taylor Kit Taylor ... Evan
John Gorton ... Himself (Prime Minister of Australia 1968-1971) (as John Grey Gorton)
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The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the election, drink and carry on. Dons wife, Kath sees the party as just more work, while Don sees it as a chance to break his boring routine. The year is 1969 and some of Dons friends have jumped on the bandwagon of sexual freedom and experimentation. However, others at the party are more conservative about their politics and sex, and naturally, arguments break out over politics and fist fights erupt over the seduction of others wives. Written by Lloyd Harris <floyd@idirect.com>

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What a helluva night! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Bruce Beresford directed John Gorton, an actual Australian Prime Minister, in this movie. As such, this was the second time that Beresford had directed an Australian Prime Minister. Beresford had previously directed Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kath Henderson: Could you put Richard in the car?
Don Henderson: Right.
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Connections

Featured in Crashing the Party: The Making of 'Don's Party' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

She Wears My Ring
Written by Felice Bryant (uncredited) and Boudleaux Bryant (uncredited)
Sung by Johnny O'Keefe
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Great Aussie film, funny, real and very fun to watch.
24 May 2014 | by mpurvismattpSee all my reviews

Just watched a "classic" that i had admittedly never heard of but was lucky enough to come across on TCM. I was really glad that I did. The film is about..well..Don's Party naturally, which is centered around a new election and the ousting of a perceivably disliked politician In 1960's Australia. At first the patrons are all well dressed and well behaved but as the booze flows and the music starts to play things begin to take a turn into a sexually charged, haymaker throwing, insult swapping disintegration reminiscent of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff". The acting is fantastic, the characters a beautiful concoction of different social types that you my find in this world. The film is more of a window into what it may have been like in Australia in those times during the sexual revolution, some characters embracing it fully while others still grasping on to the more conservative values of the past. All in all this movie does have something to say and I found it a very fun couple of hours. Enjoy.


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