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The Quest (1985)

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)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




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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A terrifying encounter tests the courage of a young boy when he becomes the spirit chaser See more »


PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

1 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Frankston, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The main water scenes were filmed at Moorooduc quarry Mt Eliza See more »


In the last scene at the waterhole, some shots show the waterhole partially drained whilst others show the water at its original level. See more »


Ricketts: Son, every time that brain of yours starts punching out data, public property is in danger, women cry and dogs bark.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


Rockabilly Fever
Written and performed by El Prezzos
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Cool adventure film for kids
16 August 2000 | by pleiades10See all my reviews

Let me start by saying it has been about 8 or 9 years since I last saw the Quest, but I still remember it fondly.

Henry Thomas, soon after his performance as "Elliot" in E.T., finds himself living with relatives in Australia after his parents pass on. He soon begins to investigate a local legend called the "Dahnk-a-gin" (or something like that...), a fierce loch-ness-monster style beast living in an old quarry that has been flooded.

As a child, I was always very inquisitive and imaginative, and loved to explore old buildings and creepy places, so this movie appealed to me greatly. The area surrounding the flooded quarry is littered with scrap metal, beat up shacks, and a cool broken down 50's car that just call to the exploring spirit.

During some scenes, Henry rides the railroad using a modified bicycle that could lock onto the railroad tracks... start pedaling, and off you go! I always wanted one of those...

Anyway, check out the Quest, and see if it doesn't sweep you up in it's imaginative spell!

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