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Shame (1988)

R | | Drama | 15 July 1988 (USA)
Asta Cadell, a lawyer traveling through the Australian Outback on holiday, stops in a small Western Australian town after her motorcycle breaks down and shacks up with Tim Curtis, the local... See full summary »


Steve Jodrell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Asta Cadell
Tony Barry ... Tim Curtis
Simone Buchanan ... Lizzie Curtis
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ... Tina Farrel
Peter Aanensen Peter Aanensen ... Sgt. Wal Cuddy
Margaret Ford Margaret Ford ... Norma Curtis
David Franklin ... Danny Fiske
Bill McCluskey Bill McCluskey ... Ross (as Bill McClusky)
Allison Taylor Allison Taylor ... Penny
Phil Dean Phil Dean ... Gary
Stig Wemyss ... Bobby (as Graeme 'Stig' Wemyss)
Douglas Walker Douglas Walker ... Andrew
Matthew Quartermaine ... Brian
Matt Hayden Matt Hayden ... Wayne
Warren Jones Warren Jones ... Bruce


Asta Cadell, a lawyer traveling through the Australian Outback on holiday, stops in a small Western Australian town after her motorcycle breaks down and shacks up with Tim Curtis, the local mechanic, while fixing it. She then becomes involved in helping Curtis' teenage daughter, Lizzie, who has been recently date-raped by Danny Fiske, the son of a wealthy, well-known citizen and his gang. Asta persuades Lizzie to press charges against Danny, but the local population becomes determined to keep the incident a secret at any cost and soon Asta and the Curtis family's lives are in danger. Written by matt-282

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Asta Cadell has arrived in town. There will be no more. . . Shame See more »




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The make and model of Asta Cadell (Deborra-Lee Furness)'s motor-cycle was a Suzuki Katana 750. See more »


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Some good advice..."never back down"
11 June 2006 | by AppleBlossomSee all my reviews

The story starts out with a lone woman (Ester Cartel) on a motorbike traveling the open roads in outback Australia. She unfortunately becomes involved with circumstance (in the wrong place at the wrong time scenario)….she drops her bike, which causes substantial damage. Arriving at the nearest township she encounters an ugly dominate force amongst the local young males. With her bike out of commission she has no other alternative but to seek accommodation (for a while) with the family of the mechanic from where she has ordered parts for her bike.

Gradually she learns that the population of this quaint little town consists of social bigotry, chauvinism, and apathy. Women are on the menu and the 'boys' think they can do anything they like to them without being punished. The so-called law enforcement is led by an incompetent police captain and the parents to these louts show no disciplinary measures to curb their children's behaviour. It sure does demonstrate how a small community can become feral out of pure boredom.

If you're looking for big screen names you probably won't find them in this production, I'm certain they're not well known outside Australia. One exception though would be Debra Lee Furness (the main character); she's married to Aussie actor Hugh Jackman. The entire cast pulled their weight to create a film with a fair bit of 'clout' and it made quite a noise when it was released. It certainly doesn't depict the idyllic country life associated with much of Australia and it wasn't afraid to show a different side either...(whether it's true or not is another thing).

The reason why I liked the film so much was because of the leading character. She was strong and defiant in what she thought was right, very similar to Ellen Ripley from Alien. I don't know why I find strong female characters so appealing, more than likely I'm fed up with the usual woman in distress roles.

Watch this if you enjoy strong female roles such as; Erin Brockovich, or G.I Jane.

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15 July 1988 (USA) See more »

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AUD1,650,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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