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In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station. D.J. Ken Sherry arrives from the hustle of Brisbane to run the ... See full summary »

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Shirley Barrett

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Shirley Barrett (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miranda Otto ... Dimity Hurley
Rebecca Frith ... Vicki-Ann Hurley
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... Kenneth 'Ken' Sherry
John Alansu John Alansu ... Albert Lee
Jessica Napier ... Deborah 'Debbie'
Jill McWilliam Jill McWilliam ... Curler Victim
Ryan Jackson Ryan Jackson ... Boy on Bike (Ride)
Sabrina Norris Sabrina Norris ... Beautiful Baby
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Storyline

In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station. D.J. Ken Sherry arrives from the hustle of Brisbane to run the station; he's mid-40s, detached, thrice divorced, hatchet faced. But both sisters next door find him attractive: awkward Dimity, only 20, who works in a Chinese restaurant with few patrons, and perky Vicki-Ann, a hairdresser with a hope chest who invents a happy future with Sherry based on little but his arrival. First Dimity then Vicki-Ann spend the night with Ken, one concluding he's her boy friend, the other her fiance. Then Dimity begins to smell something fishy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Two sisters will do anything to hook the right man. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Milosna serenada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,853, 3 August 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$579,337, 14 September 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of two Australian theatrical feature films featuring the word "serenade" in the title made within a period of around five years. The movies are 'Serenades' (2001) and the earlier 'Love Serenade' (1996). See more »

Goofs

When Ken Sherry asks Albert to leave him in peace at the restaurant, he holds a glass of wine in one shot, and a menu when the shot changes. See more »

Quotes

Vicki-Ann Hurley: Don't you realize he's getting over a painful divorce? He doesn't want to be having sex with people.
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Crazy Credits

With thanks to people of Robinvale, Mildura & Elston, shires of Swan Hill, Mildura & Balranald See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Sin When You Love Somebody
Written by Jimmy Webb (as Jim Webb)
(Canopy Music, Inc./PolyGram Int'l Publishing, Inc.)
Performed by Glen Campbell
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville and EMI Music Australia Pty. Ltd.
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20 December 2002 | by smoothsoulSee all my reviews

"Love Serenade" is a quirky and original film. I'm reminded of Pauline Kael's remark about "Passport to Pimlico" - "comedy with a fine flavour." I'd never heard of this and only rented it because of a recommendation by David Stratton on the cover. And I'm glad I got it out - it's been years since I liked a film this much. It's generally quiet, but its off-kilter humour is really very funny, and its observations about the sexes are poignant and even disturbing. The soundtrack is a key factor; it's a great collection of smooth seventies soul tracks, but they're used ironically, and you feel a little guilty for enjoying them so much. The performances are really fine, too. In all it's a wonderful film and it needs to be seen.


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