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Dogs in Space (1986)

R | | Drama | 1 January 1987 (USA)
Two man are the key members of a band called 'Dogs in Space' and share a house in a Melbourne suburb with a variety of young music fans and social misfits, including a college student and a transient and apparently nameless teenage girl.


Richard Lowenstein




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hutchence ... Sam
Saskia Post ... Anna
Nique Needles ... Tim
Deanna Bond Deanna Bond ... The Girl
Tony Helou Tony Helou ... Luchio
Chris Haywood ... Chainsaw Man
Peter Walsh Peter Walsh ... Anthony
Laura Swanson Laura Swanson ... Clare
Adam Briscomb Adam Briscomb ... Grant
Sharon Jessop Sharon Jessop ... Leanne
Edward Clayton-Jones Edward Clayton-Jones ... Nick
Martii Coles Martii Coles ... Mark
Chuck Meo Chuck Meo ... Charles
Caroline Lee Caroline Lee ... Jenny
Fiona Latham Fiona Latham ... Barbara


The film is set in a house occupied by a collection of social misfits. The main storyline is that of a strange musician's relationship with a girl, their drug use and his band. These events are surrounded by a chaotic myriad of sub-plots. A homicidal chainsaw maniac's lust for his machine and a T.V station's offer of money in return for a piece of the Skylab satellite that has fallen to earth are just two. The film is composed of small fragments in the lives of its inhabitants, each following onto the next, sometimes overlapping and ending in tragedy. Written by Richard Moore <rick@zephyr.win-uk.net>

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The film takes place in 1978. See more »


In Luchio's bedroom there is a sticker for the FM radio station Triple M. At time the film was set, MMM did not exist (it began as EON-FM at that time) and there were in fact no commercial FM radio stations broadcasting in Melbourne. The radio station the cast do listen to, 3XY, was an AM station that changed to FM and became Triple M; this may have been a bit of product placement. See more »


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Truly an ensemble piece
24 September 2004 | by tokinaeSee all my reviews

To some this movie doesn't make a whole lot of sense but for others it opens a door to a different world. I saw this movie after picking up the soundtrack in the bargain bin at Sam Goodie and loving it.

No, it doesn't have a lot of plot but that isn't really important because there is something for everyone. Being a movie about a collection of people either living or visiting a single house allows for different archetypes that people will identify and/or connect with. Example: Sammy No-brain-the free spirited drug addled lead singer of the band, Tim-the good natured virgin hanging with the in-crowd, Lucio the well-meaning nerd on the fringe of the in-crowd, Chainsaw man who (I feel) represents the man in our lives who expresses his innermost feelings through machinery. This combined with the free manner in which the house is run in allows for the discovery of a new/different way of life not seen or considered by many. The ensemble cast allows for a sort of video "Magic 8 Ball" into life, seeing how things turn out for the different archetypes.

Perhaps best viewed for the first time by a teenage audience trying to fit into the world, this is none the less a good movie.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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