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One Night Stand (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 5 May 1984 (USA)
In Australia, four teenagers in a Sydney theater are astounded to hear the news that a nuclear war has broken out in Eastern Europe. They try to figure out the best way they can survive the coming conflagration.

Director:

John Duigan

Writer:

John Duigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Coppin ... Sam
Cassandra Delaney ... Sharon
Jay Hackett ... Brendan
Saskia Post ... Eva
David Pledger David Pledger ... Tony
Michael Cloyd Michael Cloyd ... American Sailor
Todd Boyce ... American Sailor
Justin Monjo Justin Monjo ... American Sailor
John Krummel John Krummel ... News Personality
Richard Morecroft Richard Morecroft ... First Newsreader
Helen Panckhurst Helen Panckhurst ... Second Newsreader (as Helen Pankhurst)
Frankie Raymond Frankie Raymond ... Frannie
Tsukasa Furuya Tsukasa Furuya ... Robot Dancer
Peggy Thompson Peggy Thompson ... Sam's Mother
Monica McDonald Monica McDonald ... Sam's U.S. Girlfriend
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Storyline

In Australia, four teenagers in the Sydney Opera House are horrified to hear the news that nuclear war has broken out in Eastern Europe. They try to figure out the best way they can survive the coming conflagration. At the film's end, it is left uncertain whether Sydney will be hit by nuclear weapons, although the US spy facility at Pine Gap has been obliterated. Written by Tom Sellick

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As nuclear war breaks out, they've got one night to live the rest of their life... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Midnight Oil: Uncredited, the Australian rock group as themselves performing in full their song ''Short Memory''. See more »

Goofs

Air raid sirens are heard going off in several scenes. Sydney did not have any functional air raid sirens after 1945. See more »

Quotes

Sam: Nuclear bombs... if you think about it, if there was a kid in outer-space doing a science project on human-beings, he'd have to say we're all crazy.
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Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
Written by Johann Strauss
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Hilarious, unpreditcable food for thought!
24 November 2004 | by tgs333See all my reviews

Well, what can one write about this movie? Certainly an interesting 'end of the world' 80's movie.

We are introduced to 4 young 20something year olds in the down yonder just before the end of the world becomes their only reality. Held up in the Sidney Opera House for what is likely their last night on Earth. We follow these young people (2 men and 2 women) through their agonizing transition from lives full of promise to where their lives are ever so quickly coming to an abrupt end.

Extremely melodramatic! The acting is simply splendid!!! Those young actors really became entrenched in their characters. Throughout the movie the young adults tune into a radio station about reports of World War III breaking out all across Europe and America and of their own impending doom after a Nuclear Bomb is detonated just south of Sydney. Throughout the movie a white rabbit appears - for what reasons, I have yet to figure out - was the director trying to send a message to the viewer? The most impacting scene is the video camera footage broadcast on local TV of distressed and burned survivors somewhere 'north of New York'. This scene really packs a punch! Especially since the movie just kind of tugs along and then WHAM you get hit with this very graphic and disturbing scene! Burned victims, men and women crying out in agony, Soldiers in radiation suits guiding blind and burned victims to a make shift shelter where the news camera keys in on people with skin hanging from their bodies, charred remains of humans and animals and the piercing cry of women and children! I don't think there is one scene from 'The Day After' or 'Threads' that packed a shocking punch as this one brief scene in the movie (One Night Stand). Oh and Midnight Oil is in this movie! Am I the only yank that likes this band?????

Extremely rare video to purchase. It is not available on DVD. I was lucky to purchase a copy on Ebay recently in VHS format! The back of the VHS box states:

"How would you spend your last night on Earth? Four young people find themselves deciding just that, as they end up thrown together on what may be their last night to live.

When Sharon, Eva, Brendan, and Sam hear on the radio that World War III was begun, they decide that the best way to deal with the situation is to try and have a good time. They play strip poker, mix drinks, flirt, and joke around. But between the banter they draw close together as they realize that these may be the last friends they'll ever have.' Featuring the music of Midnight Oil."

In closing, I would love to see a DVD version of this film with a Director/Actor(s) narrative! One other tid bit, this movie was filmed entirely on location: New York, Sydny and Paris.


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Australia | Canada

Language:

English

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5 May 1984 (USA) See more »

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