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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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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 »

Connections

References A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »

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Goes unexpected places
6 August 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

Bruno Lawrence owns and operates the titular auto wrecking yard, and races cars when he gets the chance. He took over the business when his father died, planning on selling it right away, but has grown to love it and won't sell. His wife hates it, and hates the fact that Lawrence spends all his time with his cars and his young daughter and none with her. Her displeasure drives her into the arms of Bruno's best friend, and when she leaves, taking his daughter with her, Bruno cracks and kidnaps her. Roger Donaldson's third feature is more of a character drama than his earlier films, though it has a somewhat action based climax. It's a generally intriguing film where nobody is completely right or wrong, and it goes in eccentric directions.


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