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Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988)

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

Director:

John Hillcoat
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2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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.

Genres:

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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Technical Specs

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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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Connections

Features Forced Entry (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Hippy
(uncredited)
Performed by Alan Parker
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Prisons of the future...or prisons of today??
31 January 2002 | by ksaelagnulraonSee all my reviews

Stunning, almost horrific statement of the effect prisons have on the rest of society, Hillcoat has created a no-holds-barred, fabricated `report' on the inner-workings of an imaginary future prison that is worth seeing - if you can stomach it. There's certainly no doubting what writers Nick Cave and Gene Conkie think of prisons as Australian society's most corporal method of punishment and rehabilitation: although the on-screen activity is certainly shocking enough, what is perhaps even more so is what is not shown (perhaps because it didn't get past the censors?). Field's best role ever.


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