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Eliza Fraser (1976)

An old captain & his young wife share a lot of adventures after they're shipwrecked and captured by Aborigines on an island near Australia.


Tim Burstall


David Williamson (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susannah York ... Eliza Fraser
John Waters ... David Bracefell
John Castle ... Captain Rory McBride
Noel Ferrier Noel Ferrier ... Captain James Fraser
Martin Harris Martin Harris ... John Graham
Trevor Howard ... Capt. Foster Fyans
Gus Mercurio Gus Mercurio ... Darge
Lindsey Roughsey Lindsey Roughsey ... Euenmundi
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Duncan Fraser (as Charles Tingwell)
John Frawley John Frawley ... Brown
Bruce Spence ... Bruce McIver
George Mallaby George Mallaby ... Lt. Otter
Bill Hunter ... Youlden
Gerard Kennedy Gerard Kennedy ... Martin Cameron
Fabian Muir Fabian Muir ... Johnny


An old captain & his young wife share a lot of adventures after they're shipwrecked and captured by Aborigines on an island near Australia.

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Release Date:

16 December 1976 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rollicking Adventures of Eliza Fraser See more »

Filming Locations:

Victoria, Australia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hexagon Productions See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Originally budgeted at $750,000 (Australian), the film went over budget by $450,000, making it the first Australian-produced film with a budget of over $1 million. See more »

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Caught this on cable
24 August 2009 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Back in the early 1980s cable stations like Showtime and HBO would show English and Australian films that never played over here. None of them had a rating attached but frequently contained nudity and sex. This is one of them. I started watching it casually but got caught up in it. It takes place in 1836 Australia and involves Eliza Fraser (Susannah York). She gets involved with an attractive escaped convict (John Waters) and an Englishman who sleeps around with any woman he can find (John Castle). Unfortunately she's watched over by her old obnoxious husband (Trevor Howard). The plot goes veering wildly all over the place involving, sex, savages, shipwrecks...you name it

It plays like a female version of "Tom Jones". It's well-acted and there's some topless female nudity AND male nudity (back only). It's all pretty tame by today's standards (although the nudity might still give it an R rating here). It's far too long but I was never bored and found it entertaining. York especially is a delight in the title role. Good luck find it--it seems to have disappeared. I hadto watch it on a VHS from Amazon! Worth seeing--I give it a 7.

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