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The Story of Johnny O'Keefe 

Dramatisation of the life of the Australian rock singer from his peak success in the 1950s.






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Series cast summary:
Terry Serio ...  Johnny O'Keefe 2 episodes, 1985
John McTernan John McTernan ...  Lee Gordon 2 episodes, 1985
Marcelle Schmitz Marcelle Schmitz ...  Marianne O'Keefe 2 episodes, 1985
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ...  Maureen O'Keefe 2 episodes, 1985
Tony Barry ...  Alan Heffernan 2 episodes, 1985
John Paramor John Paramor ...  Bill Haley 2 episodes, 1985
Steve Shaw Steve Shaw ...  Catfish Purser 2 episodes, 1985
Greg Stone ...  Deejay Doublebass 2 episodes, 1985
John Polson ...  Deejay Saxophone 2 episodes, 1985
Robert Alexander Robert Alexander ...  Brother Marzorini 2 episodes, 1985
Russell Newman Russell Newman ...  Ray O'Keefe 2 episodes, 1985
Nick Holland Nick Holland ...  Smythe 2 episodes, 1985
Ritchie Singer ...  Max Moore 2 episodes, 1985
Roger Ward ...  Police Sergeant 2 episodes, 1985
Leanne Bundy Leanne Bundy ...  Widgie 2 episodes, 1985
Jan Ringrose Jan Ringrose ...  Sally 2 episodes, 1985
Simone Taylor Simone Taylor ...  Dixie 2 episodes, 1985
Rob Thomas Rob Thomas ...  Festival Manager 2 episodes, 1985
Chuck McKinney Chuck McKinney ...  Little Richard 2 episodes, 1985
Liz Harris Liz Harris ...  Valda Marshall 2 episodes, 1985
Nique Needles Nique Needles ...  Col Joye 2 episodes, 1985
Arthur Sherman Arthur Sherman ...  Clay 2 episodes, 1985
Alton Harvey Alton Harvey ...  Ed Sullivan 2 episodes, 1985
Elizabeth Burton Elizabeth Burton ...  Stripper 2 episodes, 1985
Diana Davidson Diana Davidson ...  Matriach 2 episodes, 1985
Robbie McGregor Robbie McGregor ...  Australian Doctor 2 episodes, 1985
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ...  Taxi Driver 2 episodes, 1985
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1985
Donna Gubbay Donna Gubbay ...  Bit Part 2 episodes, 1985
Chris Hession Chris Hession ...  Bit Part 2 episodes, 1985
Greg Curran Greg Curran ...  Bit Part 2 episodes, 1985
Paul Flaherty Paul Flaherty ...  Bit Part 2 episodes, 1985
Ross Higgins Ross Higgins ...  Voice Overs 2 episodes, 1985
Ollie Hall Ollie Hall 2 episodes, 1985
Kellie Turner Kellie Turner ...  Girl in pub 2 episodes, 1985


Dramatisation of the life of the Australian rock singer from his peak success in the 1950s.

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1985 (Australia) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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I have the utmost faith that one day Johnny O'keefe will be immortalised with a great bio-pic!,
20 February 2006 | by thirteenthfloorelevatorSee all my reviews

However this movie is not it. Johnny O'Keefe's life is cut down to two hours with so many crucial events cut out. This movie does not even focus on all the great stuff he did, how he put Australian music on the map, how he was an inspiration to young Australian musicians everywhere, instead all it focuses on is the morbid details like him being temporarily placed into a mental hospital. The actor who plays O'Keefe does an awful job, and you don't even hear any original O'Keefe songs throughout the movie! The clichéd ending is absolutely horrific! This movie is a disgrace to the great Johnny O'keefe. The stage play of the same name was a lot better and serves as a far more fitting tribute to the legend that is Johnny O'keefe.

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