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The Quest (1986)

Frog Dreaming (original title)
Still grieving the loss of his parents, a young boy living in Australia finds himself caught up in the magic of an Aboriginal myth that might be more real than anyone knows.


Everett De Roche (as Everett DeRoche)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Thomas ... Cody
Tony Barry ... Gaza
Rachel Friend Rachel Friend ... Wendy
Tamsin West ... Jane
Dempsey Knight Dempsey Knight ... Charlie Pride
John Ewart ... Ricketts
Chris Gregory Chris Gregory ... Wheatley
Mark Knight Mark Knight ... Henry
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Mr. Cannon
Katy Manning ... Mrs. Cannon
Laurie Dobson Laurie Dobson ... Gleason
Jay Mannering Jay Mannering ... Haggard
Tim Hughes ... Beilby
Howard Eynon Howard Eynon ... Ranger
David Ravenswood David Ravenswood ... Kauffman


American boy, Cody, whose parents have died, lives in Australia with his guardian, Gaza. Cody is very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive. He comes across some strange events happening in Devil's Knob national park associated with an aboriginal myth about "frog dreamings". Cody tries to investigate... Written by <kuchkoe@ucunix.san.uc.edu>

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The greatest adventure of childhood is about to begin... See more »


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Release Date:

1 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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The Quest See more »

Filming Locations:

Frankston, Victoria, Australia See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The large eagle the children see at Devil's Knob is a Wedge-tailed Eagle. It would be rare to see one in a forest like the children do, as the eagles tend be to found in lightly timbered areas and open country (grasslands). See more »


Australian children would not dive fully clothed in a lake, river, etc. See more »


Ricketts: And where are they?
Cody: Where are who?
Ricketts: The people from the Guinness Book of Records. There must be some kind of prize for raging idiocy.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


I've Finished Crying
Written and performed by El Prezzos
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An Entertaining Family Adventure
21 September 2007 | by MuldwychSee all my reviews

'Frog Dreaming' is a fun, light-hearted Australian kid's film about a boy named Cody who investigates the disappearance of a friend who was last seen near an unmapped pond deep in the Australian bush. His search for the truth soon brings him into the world of Aboriginal mythology. Is there something supernatural going on at the pond, or is there a simpler explanation?

While strictly low-budget, 'Frog Dreaming' compensates by being filmed in the depths of the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, which is almost a character in itself, mysterious and ancient. This also gives the film a distinctly Australian flavour, accentuated by the romanticised image of a small-town community where everyone knows and looks out for each other, and relations with the European and native community (who live entirely separately) are sanguine. The cynicism of the modern world is far distant, and every character is imbued with an untouched innocence. The Americanisation of the culture is nonexistent, and many a line of dialogue is punctuated by an Antipodean colloquialism. The acting can at times be a tad theatrical as a consequence, but everyone turns in a competent performance, and the target audience won't even notice.

In any case, this rose-tinting hardly matters. This is an adventure film first and foremost, full of warmth and mystery that should keep children solidly entertained. The thrills are never gratuitous, and suspense is built up at a good pace, to a satisfying conclusion. This non-sensationalist down-to-earth approach should ensure enjoyment from adult viewers as well. I had the pleasure of enjoying 'Frog Dreaming' as a child, again as an adult, and can recommend it to both parties.

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