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Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)

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A con artist escapes a deal gone wrong in New York and winds up in the Aussie outback in a strange town whose inhabitants are an oddball collection of misfits.

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Stephan Elliott

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Douglas Kennedy (novel), Michael Thomas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnathon Schaech ... Teddy
Rod Taylor ... Daddy-O
Susie Porter ... Angie
Dee Smart Dee Smart ... Krystal
Richard Moir ... Reggie
Maggie Kirkpatrick Maggie Kirkpatrick ... Ginger
Barry Humphries ... Blind Wally
Mark Wilson Mark Wilson ... Duffy
Paul Mercurio ... Midget
Stan Yarramunua ... Young Lionel
Bob Oxenbould Bob Oxenbould ... Moose
Daniel Rigney ... Small Kenny
David Hoey David Hoey ... Dirty Dean
Sarah Osmo Sarah Osmo ... Laverne
Con Demetriou Con Demetriou ... Darren
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Storyline

A con artist escapes a deal gone wrong in New York and winds up in the Aussie outback in a strange town whose inhabitants are an oddball collection of misfits. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, and for some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to Woop Woop See more »

Filming Locations:

South Australia, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,812, 15 November 1998

Gross USA:

$37,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,621
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stephan Elliott: The film's director appears uncredited as a truck driver. See more »

Quotes

Reggie: Happy as a bastard on Father's Day.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the movie, the opening credits state "no animals were harmed in the making of this movie..." several seconds later they add "Neither were any people." See more »

Alternate Versions

Version shown at Cannes was 106 minutes; distributor Goldwyn recut it to the 97-minute released length. See more »

Connections

References Razorback (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh What a Beautiful Morning
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Gordon MacRae
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One of a kind
9 December 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Director Stephan Elliott had a big hit with "Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" back in 1994. This is his 1997 followup which was a huge bomb. I like it, but it's easy to see why it failed.

A con man (Jonathan Schaech) travels to Australia to kidnap some rare exotic birds (don't ask). He is unexpectedly sexually attacked by a VERY aggressive young woman, and she knocks him out, drugs him and takes him to her hometown, Woop Woop, and proclaims he's her husband. Woop Woop is in the middle of nowhere, has a population of 50 and is definetely a strange place--Rodgers + Hammerstein songs are blasting from speakers all day (!!!), they kill kangaroos and make them into dog food and no one is ever allowed to leave the town. Schaech wants out...but can he make it?

To say this movie is bizarre is an understatement--it's VERY weird! Everyone overacts to the extreme (especially Schaech) and wear very weird, colorful costumes (I mean that in a good way). The script goes rambling all over the place, most lines make no sense and then there's the non-stop R&H songs! Still, it is very funny (if a little sick at times) and you can't take your eyes away from it.

The acting is, as I said, over the top but great. Schaech gets right in the mood of things from the beginning--he's very lighthearted, grinning continuously and gives his all to his lines. He's also handsome and hunky and has a few nude scenes. Also Rod Taylor chews the scenery again, and again, and again, and AGAIN as Daddy-O--the leader of the town.

It does lag a little at the end and it's definetely not for all tastes but totally off-beat and fun--particularly the opening in NYC and the last scene with...well, you'll know! A must-see for R&H fans.


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