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The Night, the Prowler (1978)

The Night The Prowler, is about the dark side of suburban middle-class urban culture and family relations. It film brings to the surface some of the darkest recesses of suburban family life... See full summary »

Director:

Jim Sharman

Writers:

Patrick White (novel), Patrick White (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Cracknell Ruth Cracknell ... Doris Bannister
John Frawley John Frawley ... Humphrey Bannister
Kerry Walker ... Felicity Bannister
John Derum John Derum ... John Galbraith
Maggie Kirkpatrick Maggie Kirkpatrick ... Madge Hopkirk
Terry Camilleri ... The Prowler
Harry Neilson Harry Neilson ... Old man
Peter Collingwood ... Dr. Herborn
Robbie Ward Robbie Ward ... Mrs. Burstall
Merv Lillie Merv Lillie ... Alcoholic man
Dorothy Hewett Dorothy Hewett ... Alcoholic woman
Ray Marshall Ray Marshall ... Detective 1
Robert Baxter Robert Baxter ... Detective 2
Paul Chubb ... Policeman 1
John Cobley John Cobley ... Policeman 2
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The Night The Prowler, is about the dark side of suburban middle-class urban culture and family relations. It film brings to the surface some of the darkest recesses of suburban family life. The film shifts from the darkly comic to the deadly serious. A young woman is attacked by a prowler in her bedroom but she turns the tables on him and she ravishes him. She then transforms into a knife wielding, leather jacketed prowler herself and begins sneaking in men's bedrooms at night. The prowlee becomes the prowler. Written by Jonesy

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Nobel Prize winning author Patrick White's first film...

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Australian film critic, curator and historian Paul Brynes has said of this film that "Director Jim Sharman deliberately increased the color grading of this film to emphasize the colors in a generally subdued suburban interior, and the golden hues, pinks and oranges in the day scenes balance the rich blues that predominate in the night scene". See more »

Goofs

Author Dorothy Hewett is incorrectly listed in the closing credits as "Dorothy Hewitt" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Journalist (1979) See more »

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Literal-minded to the point of stupidity.
18 March 2003 | by Mephisto-24See all my reviews

To quote my film tutor, this would have gone on the top of his list of the ten worst Australian films ever made if only he could have think of nine others bad enough to accompany it. It's a ploddingly literal-minded of a symbolism-heavy literary piece by Patrick White, with actors of widely varying levels of talent struggling gamely to deliver unspeakable lines. The result should have been left in the trash can next to the embryo in the last scene.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La nuit, un rôdeur See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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