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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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The innocents have tasted blood ... and they liked it! See more »


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the 1972 Faraday School kidnapping of a teacher and her class by Edwin John Eastwood and Robert Clyde Boland. Eastwood later escaped from prison and repeated the crime with another teacher and her class in 1977. The Faraday kidnapping was in turn a real-life copycat crime based on a scene in the Clint Eastwood film Dirty Harry (1971) where the Scorpio Killer holds a bus driver and several schoolchildren hostage. 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

[last lines]
Sally Jones: You'll be leaving school soon, I s'pose.
Sid: Aww, you bet!
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Remade as The Fortunate See more »

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Great Survival Story!!
22 December 1999 | by jlp937See all my reviews

This film takes place in the outback region of Australia in the mid 1980's. A school teacher and her students are kidnapped by four masked men. They are then led on a unwilling adventure that tests their survival skills and transforms them prematurely into adults. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves movies that always keep you guessing, you will be surprised by the outcome.


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