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Fortress (1985)

An Australian school teacher and her students are kidnapped. She and the children fight for their lives and try to escape from their captors.


Arch Nicholson


Everett De Roche (screenplay), Gabrielle Lord (from the novel by)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Garlick Sean Garlick ... Sid
Rachel Ward ... Sally Jones
Elaine Cusick Elaine Cusick ... Mrs. O'Brien
Laurie Moran Laurie Moran ... Mr. O'Brien
Marc Aden Gray Marc Aden Gray ... Tommy (as Marc Gray)
Ray Chubb Ray Chubb ... Publican
Bradley Meehan Bradley Meehan ... Richard
Rebecca Rigg ... Narelle
Beth Buchanan Beth Buchanan ... Leanne
Asher Keddie ... Sue
Anna Crawford Anna Crawford ... Sarah
Richard Terrill Richard Terrill ... Toby
Vernon Wells ... Dabby Duck
Peter Hehir Peter Hehir ... Father Christmas
David Bradshaw David Bradshaw ... Pussy Cat


"Fortress" explores a shocking concept which shows how easily a borderline between a victim and an attacker can be crossed. The children and the teacher, calm and peaceful by nature, when driven beyond their limits by the kidnappers, eventually respond with a cruelty and fury extending that of their oppressors. Written by Jaromir "Vassago" Krol <jaromirk@kr.onet.pl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For one teacher and nine children, the lesson of the day is kill or be killed. See more »


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Release Date:

24 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fortaleza See more »

Filming Locations:

Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the "Australian Motion Picture Yearbook 1981/82", during this film's development, Robert Stigwood's production company R and R Films and director Bruce Beresford were originally slated as being on board for the movie. This however, would change. See more »


After Sally emerges from the water while she's exploring, for an instant her hair seems swept back and pressed down, clearly drenched. During the next shot, which is a close-up, her hair looks as if it had been hastily dried with a towel, even though we never even see her touch her hair. See more »


Sid: Shit, Miss. I thought you snuffed it!
Sally Jones: Language, Sid.
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Remade as The Fortunate See more »

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29 June 2005 | by ManDownFilmsSee all my reviews

I remember watching this movie every Saturday on TV why my mom cleaned the house. I remember it freaking me out. I love this movie. I was probably 8 at the time. I was talking to people randomly about the movie and people thought I was crazy because no one remembered it. My sister didn't even remember it. Finally two years ago a girl that I worked with was like yeah I know the movie you are talking about. However we didn't know the name of the film. It took me 15 years and a NICE NICE guy from Austrialia (that I meet on in a chat room) to help me find the name of the movie. I also want to say thanks to Amazon.com for being fantastic. I love this movie...I recommend it to anyone. Rachel Ward gives a Fantastic performance as well. Plus this movie is based on a true story.

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