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Boulevard of Broken Dreams (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 13 October 1988 (Australia)
A successful Australian writer discovers he has cancer and returns home to Melbourne to be with his estranged wife and daughter.

Director:

Pino Amenta

Writer:

Frank Howson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Waters ... Tom Garfield
Penelope Stewart Penelope Stewart ... Helen Garfield
Nicki Paull Nicki Paull ... Suzy Daniels
Kim Gyngell ... Ian McKenzie
Andrew McFarlane ... Jonathon Lovel
Ross Thompson Ross Thompson ... Cameron Wright
Jacinta Stapleton ... Jassie Garfield
Kevin Miles Kevin Miles ... Geoff Bormann
William Ten Eyck William Ten Eyck ... Michael Orloff
Helen McDonald Helen McDonald ... Dr. Goldstein
Ian Catchlove Ian Catchlove ... Bookstore Manager
Jeremy Kewley ... Waiter
John Samaha ... Cab Driver
Ian McFadyen Ian McFadyen ... Hotel Clerk
Jon Concannon Jon Concannon ... Bellboy
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A successful Australian writer discovers he has cancer and returns home to Melbourne to be with his estranged wife and daughter.

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Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1988 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bulwar utraconych zludzen See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Boulevard Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The picture was nominated for seven Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Editing and Best Cinematography but winning two - for Best Actor (John Waters) and Best Supporting Actor (Kim Gyngell). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Frankly Speaking: A Conversation with Frank Howson (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Performed by Marc Jordan
Backing Vocals by Renée Geyer
Produced by John Capek and David Holman
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Melodramatic Treatment of Tired Themes Provides Nothing Tangible of Interest.
20 September 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Tom Garfield (John Waters) has attained such success as playwright and screenwriter that he is immediately recognized wherever he may be, yet the Australian becomes aware that his early dreams (although they probably were about his being just as famous as he is) have been abandoned because he has given up his "soul" to irritating (albeit well-paying) demands from Hollywood and New York producers, and he returns to Melbourne in an attempt to recapture the affections of his wife and young daughter. However, reinstating himself within his small family will not be readily managed as his spouse Helen (Penelope Stewart) resists his emotional appeals and, after ostensibly having overcome alcoholism, Tom now must combat painful terminal cancer that is purportedly limiting his life to a further six months, although by rights a viewer cannot feel greatly supportive of his struggle since he smokes constantly throughout the film during his efforts to relocate the early cravings of his "soul", whatever they may be (they are not revealed by the dialogue). Director Pino Amenta's background with television series is apparent for this wan melodrama that unaccountably was nominated for seven Australian Film Institute Awards, winning two, in spite of its trite screenplay and bottom tier production values, additionally being hampered by a weakly composed, didactic (virtually prescriptive) score, along with a lack of fluidity and cinematic flair, most scenes being depressingly predictable as the work wends its way to a groaningly hackneyed conclusion confiscated from the archives belonging to the genre of soap opera.


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