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The F.J. Holden (1977)

Bankstown, NSW, Australia, 1970s. Kevin and his mate Bob spend their time drinking and cruising around the western suburbs of Sydney in Kevin's yellow FJ Holden, looking for girls. One day ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Thornhill

Writers:

Terry Larsen, Michael Thornhill (adaptation)
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Paul Couzens Paul Couzens ... Kevin
Eva Dickinson Eva Dickinson ... Anne
Carl Stever Carl Stever ... Bob
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Deadlegs
Sigrid Thornton ... Wendy
Karlene Rogerson Karlene Rogerson ... Cheryl
Vicki Arkley Vicki Arkley ... Chris
Colin Yarwood Colin Yarwood ... Brian
Roy Corbett Roy Corbett ... Mr. Evans
Beryl Marshall Beryl Marshall ... Mrs. Evans
Ray Marshall Ray Marshall ... Mr. Sullivan
Robert Morton Robert Morton ... Wendy's Father
John Gaden John Gaden ... Waiter
Robert Baxter Robert Baxter ... Police Constable (as Rob Baxter)
Ray Bennett Ray Bennett ... Norman
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Bankstown, NSW, Australia, 1970s. Kevin and his mate Bob spend their time drinking and cruising around the western suburbs of Sydney in Kevin's yellow FJ Holden, looking for girls. One day Kevin meets Anne. Anne works in a large shopping center. Anne and Kevin spend some time together until one day Kevin gets drunk and tries to make love to Anne with Bob watching. Anne throws them out of her house. When Anne later refuses to be pacified, Kevin becomes aggressive and causes a scene at a party. The police are called. Kevin escapes but later returns home to find the police waiting there for him. Written by Robert

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He was tough, so were the cops, the fights, the adventures and the girls. See more »

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Drama

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Director Michael Thornhill once said of rehearsals with the actors such as Eva Dickinson and Paul Couzens: "The kids just wanted to do it, not talk about it". See more »

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The car's the star
26 November 2005 | by SocrateaseSee all my reviews

I love this film. As a guy who was in the same age group as Kev and Bob at the time (1976) it rings entirely true. My gang of mates hung out in Sydney's Northern Beach suburbs, and would have referred to Kev and Bob as "bloody Westies", but we were exactly the same and did all of those things and more.

I well recall going to the drags at Brickies and being hassled by the coppers, just as it's portrayed in the film.

And the car's definitely the star. The FJ Holden is as Australian as meat pies and Vegemite. I had a mate with a yellow FJ Holden. It had 2 black stripes across its bonnet (hood) and we called it the Bumble Bee.

Now that it's finally out on DVD I can watch it over and over, and freeze frame to catch an item of detail I've missed before.

True, it's not everybody's cup of tea in terms of subject matter and pace, and the soundtrack suffers from a tiny budget that didn't allow looping (ADR) to make it more audible in places, and I don't know how the dialogue sounds to a foreign ear, but it's definitely the real deal - that's how it was in Sydney's 'burbs in 1976.

The DVD commentary track by Producer/Director/Adapter Mike Thornhill is interesting, if strained. Thornhill is not of that generation, nor of that upbringing. I'd have preferred to hear the original writer and Newtown boy Terry Larsen talk about his story. Nonetheless, I'm grateful to have it on DVD at last.

Ah, nostalgia IS what it used to be! It's a gleaming yellow FJ.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1977 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Raggaråket See more »

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FJ Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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