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Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.

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... China Jackson
... Norton
Dennis Miller ... Redford
Gary Waddell ... Dave
Phil Motherwell ... Alby
Michael Gow ... Andrew
Edward Robshaw ... Partidge
Tex Morton ... The Govenor (as Robert 'Tex' Morton)
Ray Marshall ... Chalmers
Syd Heylen ... Old Bob
Robert Noble ... Riley
Paul Sonkkila ... McIntosh
Keith Gallasch ... Tony
Les Newcombe ... Hogan
James Marsh ... Webster
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Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.

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23 October 1980 (USA)  »

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This film was nominated for 10 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards in 1980 but failed to win one single AFI Award in a year that was dominated by landslide wins for Breaker Morant (1980). Stir (1980)'s nominations included ones for Best Film, Best Director, two for Best Actor (Bryan Brown and Max Phipps), Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Miller), Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted. See more »

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Directed by Stephen Wallace and written by Bob Jewson, Stir stars Bryan Brown, Max Phipps, Dennis Miller, Gary Waddell and Phil Motherwell. Music is by Cameron Allan and cinematography by Geoff Burton.

Stir is a tough Australian prison drama based on the real life prison riot that occurred at Bathurst Gaol 1974. Writer Bob Jewson was an inmate at the time and draws on his observations for the screenplay.

The standard rules of prison dramas are adhered to here, sadistic guards, homosexuality (though tenderly handled and not involving rape), poor conditions etc. Where Stir lifts itself into the upper echelons of similar genre pictures is with the characterisations, they are credibly written and performed. There are a number of human interest stories running through the plot, none of which involve outsiders, which is a bonus as we all are cemented in this concrete and iron jungle. While the mounting tension is unbearable at times, headed up by the terrific Brown who is pumped with snake eyed hardness and coiled spring intensity.

Criminally under seen, Stir is as tough as steel toe-capped boots and demands to be labelled as essential viewing for those interested in penal based movies. 8/10


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