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Playing Beatie Bow (1986)

Not Rated | | Family, Fantasy, Mystery | 7 August 1986 (USA)
A discontented Sydney teenager travels back in time to 1873, whilst watching an old fashioned children's game.


Donald Crombie


Ruth Park (novel), Peter Gawler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Imogen Annesley ... Abigail Kirk
Peter Phelps ... Judah / Robert
Mouche Phillips Mouche Phillips ... Beatie Bow
Nikki Coghill ... Dovey
Moya O'Sullivan ... Granny
Don Barker Don Barker ... Samuel
Lyndel Rowe Lyndel Rowe ... Kathy
Barbara Stephens Barbara Stephens ... Justine
Damian Janko Damian Janko ... Gibbie
Phoebe Salter Phoebe Salter ... Natalie
Su Cruickshank Su Cruickshank ... Madam
Henry Salter Henry Salter ... Swanton
Jo England Jo England ... Doll
Edward Caddick Edward Caddick ... Legless
Edwin Hodgeman ... Sir
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A young girl nervously watched the kids playing in the park. She's dressed strangely, and she's acting very scared. When Abigail Kirk goes near her the young girl runs away but intrigued by her strangeness, Abigail follows. Suddenly, the once-familiar back streets are not so welcoming. Somehow there's been a shift in time and Abigail has arrived on hundred years ago. But to get back to today, Abigail has to first fulfil her destiny.

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The game has started...but she's running out of time See more »


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At one stage about twenty of the thirty rats escaped from their cages and a massive ''Rat Hunt'' was immediately conducted to retrieve them of which nineteen were successfully captured but one rat escaped detection and remained on the run for the rest of the shoot. See more »


Heart to Heart
Music & Lyrics by McDonald & Stone
Sung by Karen Boddington
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Read The Book and Give The Movie A Miss
14 July 2015 | by mulemagSee all my reviews

I wanted to read this book by Ruth Park for a long time and finally got around to listening to it, we watched the movie after listening to the book. The book was great and we really enjoyed it, but various changes from the book mean that the movie is a silly, sappy 1980's teen romance (it kept bringing Blue Lagoon to mind for me, which I admit I did enjoy when it came out but I was a lot younger then and I have never bothered to watch it since), and the acting wasn't good enough to bring it up to being a decent movie. I felt they completely missed the point by making it an '80s movie and it definitely makes the movie seem very dated now, I borrowed the movie and I am very glad I didn't buy it because watching it once was more than enough.

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Release Date:

7 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Time Games See more »


Box Office


AUD4,400,000 (estimated)
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