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Love Serenade (1996)

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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Taglines:

Take it off. Baby, take it all off. See more »

Genres:

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

In the version of Love Serenade available on Amazon, the popular 70s disco tune "The Hustle" by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony is played when Dimity first spies Ken performing Tai Chi in his backyard. In the version of Love Serenade available on Netflix, a funky instrumental jam is played in its place. In both versions of the movie, the music ends with Ken announcing the song as "The Hustle", which is credited in both soundtracks as well. 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 »


Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Baby
Written by Barry White
(Sa-Vette Music Co./Unichappell Music, Inc.)
Performed by Barry White
Courtesy of PolyGram Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Pty. Limited
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Very unique
29 July 2004 | by darienwerfhorstSee all my reviews

I thought this was a very unique movie, with the same dry quirkiness as some other Australian flicks of the 90s like Muriel's Wedding and Priscilla.

The two sisters live in such a tragic backwater that when a has-been DJ comes to live in their town, they don't even realize what a loser he is.

They are so desperate for a social life they both go after him, and the results are funny (and the ending unexpected.)

If you don't appreciate the typically dry sense of humor of the Brits and Australians, you probably won't enjoy it, but if you do, it's a bit of a gem.


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