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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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A comedy that proves men are a whole other species. 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

Chinese Takeawy Proprietor: I don't like it... I don't like it at all!
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With thanks to people of Robinvale, Mildura & Elston, shires of Swan Hill, Mildura & Balranald See more »


Soundtracks

Rockin' Chair
Written by Willie Clarke/ Clarence Reid
(Southern Music Publishing Co. of Australia Pty. Ltd.)
Performed by Gwen McCrae
Courtesy of Rhino Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Sisterhood is powerful
25 May 2011 | by dave-sturmSee all my reviews

This movie comes in cute and goes out really weird. It is one of the best black comedies ever made and one of the finest films to come out of Australia.

Two dorky, love-starved sisters live together in a house in the Aussie backwater town of Sunray. Their lives are thrown into a dither when a hotshot radio DJ moves into the house next door. The DJ, named Ken Sherry, has the personality of a lugubrious bloodhound and is thrice divorced, but the sisters are smitten. He's a celebrity!

One of the sisters, Vicki, is a hairdresser with delusions of tabloid grandeur, and the other, Dimity, is a painfully shy waitress in a forlorn Chinese restaurant with the absurdly grand name Emperor's Palace. The restaurant owner is, on his off hours, a proud nudist (Did I mention this movie is weird?).

When you begin watching, you may think you know where this flick is headed. You don't. Things get stranger and stranger and casual American audiences, seeing familiar sitcom elements unfold, will likely be stunned by the bizarre directions the movie takes.

For those looking for "something else," I cannot recommend this highly enough. Oh, and a terrific Barry White soundtrack.


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