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Grievous Bodily Harm (1988)

A schoolteacher (John Waters) becomes obsessed with the idea that his wife (Joy Bell) did not die in a car accident, as everyone else thinks.

Director:

Mark Joffe

Writer:

Warwick Hind (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Friels ... Tom Stewart
John Waters ... Morris Martin
Bruno Lawrence ... Det. Sgt. Ray Birch
Shane Briant ... Stephen Enderby
Caz Lederman Caz Lederman ... Vivian Enderby
Sandy Gore ... Barbara Helmsley
Kerry Armstrong ... Annie
Joy Bell Joy Bell ... Claudine
Kim Gyngell ... Mick
Craig Ashley Craig Ashley ... Agostino
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Eddie Weaks
Gary Stalker Gary Stalker ... Derek Allen
Marise Wipani ... Suzie
Saskia Schlicht Saskia Schlicht ... Natalie
Dominic Gowans Dominic Gowans ... Prentice
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A schoolteacher (John Waters) becomes obsessed with the idea that his wife (Joy Bell) did not die in a car accident, as everyone else thinks.

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Where does passion end, and obsession begin? See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bodily Harm See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Non film noir in Oz
24 September 2005 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

This Australian film tries desperately hard to be 'film noir' with it's convoluted and somewhat confusing storyline. But that's where any similarity ends as lots of action takes place in daylight and massive sunshine, a noir no-no.

Once the story of a man searching for his missing wife emerges more, it turns out it isn't that intriguing anyway. And since she's staying what only seems a few streets away, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out, except the people in this aren't that smart really...

This sort of thing has been so much better in the past with classics like 'Farewell, my lovely' or more recently with 'LA Confidential.'

This just isn't in the same league.


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