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Break of Day (1976)

Tom Cooper, a married man recently returned from WWI, falls in love with an artist visiting his country town, but he has misgivings after meeting her city friends.

Director:

Ken Hannam

Writer:

Cliff Green
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Kestelman Sara Kestelman ... Alice
Andrew McFarlane ... Tom Cooper
Ingrid Mason Ingrid Mason ... Beth
John Bell John Bell ... Arthur
Tony Barry ... Joe
Ben Gabriel Ben Gabriel ... Evans
Malcolm Phillips Malcolm Phillips ... Robbie
Dennis Olsen Dennis Olsen ... Roger
Geraldine Turner Geraldine Turner ... Sandy
Sean Myers Sean Myers ... David
Kate Ferguson Kate Ferguson ... Jean
Graham Midinsky Graham Midinsky ... Billy
Maurie Fields ... Lou (as Maurice Fields)
Eileen Chapman Eileen Chapman ... Susan
Greig Pickhaver Greig Pickhaver ... Gas Victim (as Greg Pickhaver)
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Storyline

Tom Cooper, a married man recently returned from WWI, falls in love with an artist visiting his country town, but he has misgivings after meeting her city friends. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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Gallipoli gave him anger - she gave him passion! [Video Australia] See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1976 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Al primo chiarore dell'alba See more »

Filming Locations:

Maldon, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

The Gallipoli exterior beach scenes were actually filmed at the famous beach at Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. See more »

Goofs

There is a reference to Alice's house being her Shangri-La. However, 'Shangri-La' was first mentioned in James Hilton's book, Lost Horizon, first published in 1933, this film is set in the early 1920s. See more »

Soundtracks

Australia Will Be There
Written by Walter William "Skipper" Francis
Performed by the Marist Singers of Eastwood.
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Forgotten minor classic
7 February 2008 | by ScotnessSee all my reviews

This film is a forgotten minor classic of the Australian industry. It very effectively evokes post WWI Australia, and the values and society in a small country town, and a returned serviceman suffering post traumatic stress. The soldier is brilliantly played by Andrew MacFarlane in what must be one of his best performances. I don't know why this film isn't better known or more popular - it's subject matter isn't uplifting, but it is an engaging and important film - screaming for a DVD release! If you can find this film somewhere it's well worth looking at. It makes a nice companion piece to The Mango Tree, and is a superior film to that.


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