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Dead End Drive-In (1986)

In the near future, a teenage couple are trapped in a drive-in theater which has become a concentration camp for social outcasts. The inmates are treated to drugs, exploitation films, junk food, and new wave music.

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Peter Carey (story), Peter Smalley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Manning ... Crabs
Natalie McCurry ... Carmen
Peter Whitford ... Thompson
Wilbur Wilde Wilbur Wilde ... Hazza
Dave Gibson Dave Gibson ... Dave
Sandie Lillingston Sandie Lillingston ... Beth
Ollie Hall Ollie Hall ... Frank
Lyn Collingwood Lyn Collingwood ... Fay
Nikki McWaters Nikki McWaters ... Shirl
Melissa Davis Melissa Davis ... Narelle
Margi Di Ferranti Margi Di Ferranti ... Jill
Desirée Smith Desirée Smith ... Tracey (as Desiree Smith)
Murray Fahey Murray Fahey ... Mickey
Jeremy Shadlow ... Jeff
Brett Climo ... Don
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Storyline

In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed. The prisoners don't really care to escape because they are fed and they have a place to live which is, in most cases, probably better than the outside. Crabs and his girlfriend Carmen are put into the camp and all Crabs wants to do is escape. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Apparently, to get the part in this picture, actor Ned Manning allegedly told director Brian Trenchard-Smith he was twenty-four years old, but in reality, at the time of casting, was thirty-six years of age. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Crabs: Beauty!
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Soundtracks

My Heart's on Fire
Written by Tim Doyle (as Doyle), Nick Swan (as Swan), Tony Starr (as Starr), Fred Loneragan (as Loneragan) and Warren McLean (as McLean)
Performed by Machinations
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Charming, engaging, and satirical.
22 June 2006 | by vitalymakievskySee all my reviews

Yes this movie stinks with 80s pompous acting and tackiness, yet from another perspective it becomes an interesting time-capsule into the resent past, and for someone who did not experience the 80s I watched the film with an anthropological curiosity. Though this film suffers from logical loopholes. They are easy to overlook since the plot holes are there for the purpose to present a socially satirical world. Overall the acting was fine and the message interesting, though what really stood out in this movie to me are the great set designs and first class cinematography. Also the story is engaging and the characters charming in a comic way. I recommend this movie to the already fans of the genre and to those who are like movies that are offbeat and satirical.


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