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Bliss (1985)

After a near-death experience, a man wonders if he actually did die and is now in Hell.

Director:

Ray Lawrence

Writers:

Ray Lawrence (screenplay), Peter Carey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Otto ... Harry Joy
Lynette Curran ... Bettina Joy
Helen Jones Helen Jones ... Honey Barbara
Miles Buchanan Miles Buchanan ... David Joy
Gia Carides ... Lucy Joy
Tim Robertson Tim Robertson ... Alex Duval
Jeff Truman ... Joel
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Adrian Clunes
Jon Ewing Jon Ewing ... Aldo
Kerry Walker Kerry Walker ... Alice Dalton
Paul Chubb ... Reverend Des
Sarah De Teliga Sarah De Teliga ... Harry's Mother (as Sara De Teliga)
Saskia Post ... Harry's Daughter (as Saski Post)
George Whaley George Whaley ... Vance
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ... Damien
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Storyline

An advertising executive dies and goes to hell... except nothing changes. Well, his daughter is buying drugs with sexual favours from her brother, and the number of cancer-causing products is on the increase. But the notes he writes to himself to prove he hasn't gone insane are getting more disjointed, and he runs off with an ex-prostitute called Honey Barbera. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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After Harry Joy dropped dead... his life was never the same again.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blogosc See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,998, 23 February 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$660,537
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Was shown on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) by John Hind on his film show, and created a mass controversy due to the film's sexual content. The complaints at the time created the most criticised event ever on the ABC. See more »

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Featured in Reading Australian Film (1988) See more »

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A film of beauty
29 November 2001 | by JMconnellSee all my reviews

Not just a film, but also an experience. A man dies from a heart attack and is bought back to life. He is however convinced he is in hell. Feeling confused and scared by the strangeness of his family and the world around him, he starts to have a breakdown. It seems his only salvation lies in the arms of a prostitute, but can you find love in hell?

This is a truly beautiful movie, at times scary, at times befuddling. Like the world Harry Bliss lives in, like the world we live in.


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