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Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988)

Prison gangs clash in a high-tech security jail where there are no rules.

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John Hillcoat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Field ... Wenzil
Mike Bishop Mike Bishop ... David Yale
Chris DeRose Chris DeRose ... Grezner
Kevin Mackey Kevin Mackey ... Glover
Dave Mason Dave Mason ... Lilly
Nick Cave ... Maynard
Bogdan Koca Bogdan Koca ... Waychek
Freddo Dierck Freddo Dierck ... Robbins
Vincent Gil ... Ruben
M.E. Duncan M.E. Duncan ... Junkie 1
Nick Seferi Nick Seferi ... Junkie 2
Tony Clark Tony Clark ... Simone
Yilmaz Tuhan Yilmaz Tuhan ... Food King
Ian Mortimer Ian Mortimer ... Jack
Mick King Mick King ... Edwin Neal
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The inmates and guards of a modern, clean and efficient maximum security wing are slowly and increasingly brutalised until they erupt in violence. Dark and macabre, and based in truth, the story is told in a traditional dramatic style combined with telephone interviews and narration. Written by alpha sixty <alpha60@alphaville.apana.org.au>

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They come Back to haunt you.

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Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghosts... of the Civil Dead - avoimien ovien päivä helvetissä See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nick Cave used his experience in local lock up to help write the film, he overheard another inmate say to the police guard "Come here so I can spit in your eye!!" See more »

Quotes

Maynard: Officer, come here. I wanna spit in your fucking eye!
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Featured in 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) See more »

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Hippy
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Performed by Alan Parker
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It influenced me as a child
4 June 2001 | by bacodaSee all my reviews

This film was screened on Australian TV when I was about 15. It's extremelly violent and psychological, a study in deprivation and pain. I mainly remember Nick Cave's performance (he co-wrote it). He plays a lunatic that get's moved to an already tense prison. His ranting and self-mutilation escalate the other prisoners sense of panic and chaos. Incredible acting and a very realistically frightening film. It's not fun, exciting or most things people look for as a distraction in modern day cinema, but if you're looking for something challenging and thought provoking it's well worth trying to find.


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