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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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A look at the life of a sex-addict traveling salesman who uses his door-to-door beauty products to meet women.

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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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Storyline

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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lead singer of the Australian pop group, The Reels. See more »

Quotes

Maynard: Officer, come here. I wanna spit in your fucking eye!
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Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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Hippy
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Performed by Alan Parker
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One of the most graphically unsettling movies I've ever seen
22 August 2005 | by philip-rhoadsSee all my reviews

Manages to instill in the viewer a true sense of claustrophobia and unease. The violent scenes are some of the most graphic i've ever seen and especially the scene with the guard in the cage gives me the shivers of impending dread whenever i watch it. Also the use of tattoo as punishment is another horrible thought. Cave is brilliantly unhinged in his role and the scenes of him drawing on the walls in his own blood will be oddly believable to anyone who ever saw some of the more ferocious birthday party gigs of the early 80s.

A truly original movie that is only half the film that Cave's script was meant to portray........

The soundtrack (by Cave etc) is also brilliantly effective Can we have a DVD release please?


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