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Summer City (1977)

The exploits of four boys who leave Sydney and head out for a weekend of surfing and adventure. Unfortunately the fun takes a serious turn when they find themselves involved in a murder.


Christopher Fraser


Phillip Avalon

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Jarratt ... Sandy
Phillip Avalon ... Robbie
Steve Bisley ... Boo
Mel Gibson ... Scollop
James Elliott James Elliott ... Caroline's Father (as James Elliot)
Deborah Forman Deborah Forman ... Caroline (as Debbie Forman)
Abigail ... Woman in Pub
Ward 'Pally' Austin Ward 'Pally' Austin ... Himself
Judith Woodroffe Judith Woodroffe ... Waitress
Carl Rorke Carl Rorke ... Giuseppe
Ross Bailey Ross Bailey ... Nail
Hank Tick Hank Tick ... Caveman
Bruce Cole Bruce Cole ... Man in Car
Vicki Hekimian Vicki Hekimian ... Donna
Karen Williams Karen Williams ... Gloria


The exploits of four boys who leave Sydney and head out for a weekend of surfing and adventure. Unfortunately the fun takes a serious turn when they find themselves involved in a murder.

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Mel Gibson makes his screen debut in this wild weekend adventure! See more »


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

22 December 1977 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Coast of Terror See more »

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The production shoot for this movie went for three to four weeks. See more »


Referenced in Making 'Liquid Bridge' (2004) See more »

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Flawed but watchable
3 July 2006 | by nephihahaSee all my reviews

Whoever wrote the last review simply doesn't get the film.

While there's a happy-go-lucky veneer to everything, like the surfing, the sex and "larrikin" behaviour (wild young lads basically), that's mostly on the surface. The scenery is actually far from cheery... in fact, it is used on some occasions in ways that could have been straight out of "Twin Peaks" (especially the shots of the sun rising over the sea), if it wasn't for the climate. The menacing Bush (no pun intended) is a common feature in Aussie films, perhaps too much so.

As for "slurred slang", this is how Australians speak. Sorry! There is only one part where I couldn't make it out, which is a rude remark Boo makes to a girl in a greasy burger joint. If Americans really need subtitles to work out Australian dialogue, I suggest they go and study the language at night class.

Mel Gibson is indeed wrongly touted as the star of the film on the packaging, but he is by no means a "very minor role", in fact he is one of the group of four young men on whom the action is centred, and who witnesses (and keeps quiet about) certain things which are integral to the plot.

Also the last reviewer is wrong about it being set in the seventies - it was made then, but from the title sequence, and the music which gets played it's clearly meant to be the sixties! So, I reckon the film has its flaws, but it's an interesting piece - if only to see Mel in his "introducing" role.

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