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The End of the Golden Weather (1991)

Family drama set in New Zealand about Geoff Crome, a young boy (Fulford) who immerses himself in his own private fantasy world where he meets Firpo (Papps), a strange being who dreams of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Fulford ... Geoff Crome
Stephen Papps ... Firpo
Paul Gittins ... Dad
Gabrielle Hammond ... Mum
David Taylor ... Ted
Alexandra Marshall ... Molly
Ray Henwood ... Reverend Thirle
Steve McDowell ... Jesse Cabot
Alice Fraser ... Mrs. Atkinson
William Johnson ... Mr. Atkinson (as Bill Johnson)
Alistair Douglas ... Sergeant Robinson
Greg Johnson ... Uncle Jim
... Auntie Kass
Francie Gray ... Miss Effie
Andrea Kelland ... Miss Sybil


Family drama set in New Zealand about Geoff Crome, a young boy (Fulford) who immerses himself in his own private fantasy world where he meets Firpo (Papps), a strange being who dreams of being an Olympic athlete. Together, the two begin a close friendship as Geoff attempts to help Firpo realise his dream. However, it is not long until the adult world begins to impinge on his fantasy. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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5 February 1993 (UK)  »

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total guff
24 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I cannot understand how anyone could feel positively towards this film; the acting is embarrassing, the dialogue filled with trivial clichés, the pacing and direction plodding and apparently self-absorbed. This is the sort of film where you feel the director and writer thought they were really clever - except they turned out boring, hackneyed, moronic pap.

There is the nasty feeling that the actors all believe they are on a stage - on film they really look like they're over-acting. Some of the scenes are toe-curling in their pantomime quality.

I do not like to criticise a child's acting, but the young boy, Stephen Fulford, is not capable of carrying the film. The blame, though, lies squarely on the shoulders of Ian Mune and Bruce Mason - no actor could deliver such dull, obvious lines and come out with any self-respect.

There are a million films that deliver quirky character with intelligence, wit and respect - What's Eating Gibert Grape?, Benny and Joon, Twin Peaks, Bad Boy Bubby, and Tim Burton or Coen Brothers film. Go and see any of those instead, or be prepared to fall asleep or fast forward this dull tripe.

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