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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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Cody is an adventurer who is about to explore the depths of a legend. See more »


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Release Date:

1 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Quest See more »

Filming Locations:

Frankston, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The geography of the film is entirely fictional, with the town scenes set in Woods Point (set in the highlands of Victoria) and the scenes with the aboriginals set in a coastal environment. The nearest coast to Woods Point is three hours by road, and does bah the mangroves seen in the film. 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 »


Wendy: [Cody prepares his homemade diving suit] Cody it's illegal for somebody to stand around and let somebody else commit suicide!
Cody: Well can't ask you to break the law. Thanks for your help. I can manage from here.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Rockabilly Fever
Written and performed by El Prezzos
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Not a Bad Flick
5 July 2001 | by ScottG74See all my reviews

I have not seen this movie in over 10 years, but it must have been good because I still remember it. I saw it when I was 12 and it seemed really cool at the time. The plot didn't seem boring to me, kids looking for a lochness-type monster. Had a lot of dialogue, but good stuff. I remember thinking the young girl in it was so cute. That is the whole reason I looked this movie up, to see what her name was (Rachel Friend). Unfortunately, she never did much else. Anyway, I think pre-teen and young teens would still like this movie.

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