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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.

Director:

Arch Nicholson

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

"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>

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One teacher and nine students. Stalked by terror, Fortress is their lesson in survival. See more »


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the shots of the youngest girl (Sarah) underwater, she is shown with the markings on her face that she puts in place later in the movie as war paint. See more »

Quotes

Leanne: Hey, that's like us; WE'VE got a trophy, too.
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Connections

References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

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The mystery movie revealed!
5 August 2004 | by mahjacatSee all my reviews

I am so happy that Google exists, because after 15 YEARS of fruitless searching (including on IMDb, sorry!) I've found this movie again. Images like the swim through the underground cavern and the older couple (?) being horrified by the rabbit masked man have haunted me to the point I thought I had imagined the whole thing. The fairly low-fi quality of the film makes it all the scarier, classic HBO 80's fodder. The fact that I watched it as a pre-teen made the fight for survival of the woman and the children all the more real. The setting of the Outback made their situation seem really perilous, for if there is so much open, empty space around you, it seems you have fewer places to hide (and I think may have sparked my latent fear of kidnapping and lack of hiding places). Excellent (as it stuck in my mind all these years, I guess it had to!)


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