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.


Stephan Elliott


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





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
Janice Oxenbould Janice Oxenbould ... Big Pat (as Jan Oxenbould)
Daniel Rigney ... Small Kenny
David Hoey David Hoey ... Dirty Dean
Sarah Osmo Sarah Osmo ... Laverne


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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From the Director of Priscilla & A Few Best Men See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


This film and the same 1997 year's Joey (1997) have been the final theatrical feature films of actor Richard Moir. In the same year, Moir also was seen in the tele-movie One Way Ticket (1997). See more »


Nun in "The Sound of Music": [The entire population of Woop Woop turns out to watch 30 - 40 year old Rodgers & Hammerstein movies, like South Pacific and The Sound of Music, being shown on an outdoor movie theater screen; Nun says with a heavy Austrian accent] Maria, our abbey is not to be used as an escape. What is it you cahn't face?
Angie: [to Teddy] What is it, you cunt face?
[she laughs]
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Crazy Credits

After the credits the movie picks up "15 years later" with a twist ending. See more »

Alternate Versions

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


References Razorback (1984) See more »


You'll Never Walk Alone
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Chorus, Samuel Ramey and Barbara Cook
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Not Priscilla
19 November 1998 | by alanjSee all my reviews

Set in the Australian outback you might have thought this movie would have had more in common to the directors previous movie Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994). At the London Film Festical screening director Stephan Elliot started off before the screening that this definitely wasn't the case, and telling us it was about the more obnoxious of his country folk.

This shows a side of Australia that is being rather swept under the carpet. Although raucous and rude in the first half of the movie the mood turns darker towards the end.

And don't forget to wait till after the credits end for an amusing extra.

There are some very funny scenes including Barry Humphries as a blind petrol pump attendant - which so outraged the US lead that he had to spend time recovering in his trailer - it was done fortunately in one take with Humphries ad libbing the scene. And an excellent performance by Rod Taylor as the leader of the community.

Shot in the height of the summer, due to Stephan Elliot becoming ill just before the original start date, the crew needed 36,000 gallons of water per day to survive and in one scene they had to fit the dogs in the scene with shoes to allow them to run across the set.

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Release Date:

13 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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Welcome to Woop Woop See more »

Filming Locations:

South Australia, Australia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,812, 15 November 1998

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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