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Dick Down Under (1975)

The True Story of Eskimo Nell (original title)
The film's unlikely protagonist is a mild-mannered window peeper named Dead-Eye Dick (Max Gillies), who spies on a Mexican couple.


Richard Franklin




Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Gillies ... Deadeye Dick
Serge Lazareff Serge Lazareff ... Mexico Pete
Paul Vachon ... The Alaskan Kid
Jerry Thomas Jerry Thomas ... The Sprunker
Kurt Beimel Kurt Beimel ... Waldo the Great
Abigail ... Esmerelda
Kris McQuade ... Lil
Elli Maclure ... Ellie
Grahame Bond Grahame Bond ... Bogger
Max Fairchild ... Posthole Jack
Tony Bazell Tony Bazell ... Prof. Brayshaw (as Anthony Bazell)
Ernie Bourne Ernie Bourne ... Barman
Paddy Madden Paddy Madden ... The Real Eskimo Nell
Victoria Anoux Victoria Anoux ... The Dream Eskimo Nell
Elke Neidhart Elke Neidhart


The film's unlikely protagonist is a mild-mannered window peeper named Dead-Eye Dick (Max Gillies), who spies on a Mexican couple. The husband is very jealous and is about to discover that his wife has a lover when Dick rescues the lover, whose moniker is Mexico Pete (Serge Lazareff). The worldly Pete counsels the shy Dick on his problems approaching women. Dick claims that he is waiting for an Alaskan Eskimo named Nell. Pete and Dick decide to travel to Alaska to find this fantasy woman, and they have several wacky misadventures along the way. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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According to the Australian film magazine 'Movie News', director Richard Franklin "got the idea for making his first feature film when he heard a tape-recorded version of the famous or infamous poem 'The Ballad of Eskimo Nell'". See more »

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Following the initial release, director Richard Franklin edited the film down to 94 mins See more »


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Little to recommend in this ponderous film
27 July 1999 | by Zane-14See all my reviews

The rebirth of the Australian film industry began in the early 1970's and with it a desire to make films in the "Carry On" mold. Some of the results were quite enjoyable but unfortunately some of them turned out like the "True Story of Eskimo Nell".

The movie follows two men who go on a journey in the Australian outback in search of the fabled prostitute Eskimo Nell and find themselves in a lot of not very interesting situations along the way. The pacing is very slow as the film meanders towards the predictable finale. This is not to say that the film is a complete waste of time; one of my favorite scenes of all time is in this film, when one character, in attempting to explain why Eskimo Nell was so renowned, said "Did you ever stick your d*** in a bucket of cream and churn it 'til it was butter?" The film also features a number of actors early in their career who have become mainstays of the Australian entertainment industry. However, this can't disguise the fact that viewers will find this film tough going.

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Release Date:

27 March 1975 (Australia) See more »

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AUD200,000 (estimated)
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