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Smash Palace (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 30 April 1982 (USA)
Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with ... See full summary »

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Roger Donaldson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Lawrence ... Al Shaw
Anna Maria Monticelli ... Jacqui Shaw (as Anna Jemison)
Greer Robson-Kirk ... Georgie Shaw (as Greer Robson)
Keith Aberdein Keith Aberdein ... Ray Foley
Desmond Kelly Desmond Kelly ... Tiny
Lynne Robson Lynne Robson ... Linda
Margaret Umbers ... Rose
Sean Duffy Sean Duffy ... Frank
Bryan Johnson Bryan Johnson ... 2nd Police Officer
Terence Donovan Terence Donovan ... Traffic Officer
Dick Rollo Dick Rollo ... Uncle Arthur
Ian Barber Ian Barber ... Fight Leader
Mike Beytagh Mike Beytagh ... Armed Offenders' Squad
Brian Chase Brian Chase ... Armed Offenders' Squad
Ross Davies Ross Davies ... Armed Offenders' Squad
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Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with cars. When Al finds her in the arms of another man, he takes his daughter, Georgie and heads for the bush, desperately hoping to hold on to the only family he has left. Written by Evan Yates

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SHE'S MY DAUGHTER AND I'LL DO WHAT I LIKE! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acorralado en el infierno See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

One of the Armed Offenders Squad member, Colin Fredricksen, was the son-in-law of the owner of the Horopito Motors car wreckers yard in which the film is set. See more »

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Featured in Cowboys of Culture (1990) See more »

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excellent film
6 August 2000 | by mattkratzSee all my reviews

I saw this movie while on vacation in New Zealand and loved it. Lawrence gives a terrific portrayal of a man whose life is thrown into chaos when his obsession with building a race car and paying more attention to his new car junkyard leads his wife to an affair with his best friend. He then kidnaps their daughter and heads for the woods. If you can find this movie anywhere, rent it. You won't regret it. The final scene to this film is especially memorable. I will not reveal it-you will have to see it to find out. You will never forget it, that's for sure.

***1/2 out of ****


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