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The Last of the Knucklemen (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 July 1979 (Australia)
In the tradition of Sunday Too Far Away (1975), this independent film is based on the classic Australian play by John Power. Pic tells the story of a group of miners living in a camp in ... See full summary »

Director:

Tim Burstall

Writers:

Tim Burstall, John Power (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Kennedy ... Tarzan
Michael Preston ... Pansy
Peter Hehir Peter Hehir ... Tom
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Horse
Michael Caton ... Monk
Steve Rackman ... Carl
Michael Duffield Michael Duffield ... Methuselah
Steve Bisley ... Mad Dog
Stewart Faichney Stewart Faichney ... Tassie
Sean Myers Sean Myers ... Engineer
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Old Arthur
Ross Skiffington Ross Skiffington ... 2nd Engineer
Les James Les James ... Barman
Tim Robertson ... Man in bar
Savior Summit Savior Summit ... Cook
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Storyline

In the tradition of Sunday Too Far Away (1975), this independent film is based on the classic Australian play by John Power. Pic tells the story of a group of miners living in a camp in outback Australia. They swear, brawl, gamble, and drink heavily. Central to the story is the conflict between Tarzan, the authoritarian group leader and cocky loud-mouth wisecracking Pansy. This results in a bare-knuckle punch-up for the movie's denouement. Exteriors filmed in Andamooka, South Australia. Written by Jamie Skinner

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Taglines:

The last of Knucklemen, he's the one left standing! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1979 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

De sista slagsk√§mparna See more »

Filming Locations:

Central Australia, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD460,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This film's cast is male-dominated and its story centers on Australian men mining on a male-only mining site in Australia. See more »

Quotes

Mad Dog: If you don't eat you don't shit - if you don't shit you die.
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Connections

Spoofed in Making 'Weekend of Summer Last' (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Andamooka Annie
Performad by Saltbush
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Characters you meet.
30 September 2005 | by casshaneSee all my reviews

Yeah, I thought it was great. I have worked in a number of isolated places where there is not much to do but drink and I thought it was a pretty accurate depiction of the personalities that make up groups like this. I was in East Timor in 2000 which seemed to lure odd characters from outback Australia and other places... Interesting times. I recall Tarz and Pansy promoting the film in Melbourne. They were standing in the middle of the mall with huge polystyrene fists which made the news. I don't think it did very well. Many Australians seem to have the idea that Australian movies are second rate and it's not until the movies or actors do well overseas that are accepted. Nicol Kidman and Hugh Jackman weren't stars in Australia until they made it in Hollywood.


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