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Siam Sunset (1999)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 1 April 2003 (USA)
A British design executive, who seemingly has everything going for him has his life totally changed when a refrigerator falls from an aircraft and lands on his wife. He decides to getaway ... See full summary »

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John Polson
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6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linus Roache ... Perry Roberts
Danielle Cormack ... Grace
Ian Bliss ... Martin
Roy Billing ... Bill Leach
Alan Brough Alan Brough ... Stuart Quist
Rebecca Hobbs ... Jane
Terry Kenwrick Terry Kenwrick ... Arthur Droon
Deidre Rubenstein Deidre Rubenstein ... Celia Droon
Peter Hosking ... Roy Wentworth
Victoria Eagger ... Rowena Wentworth
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ... Eric
Eliza Lovell Eliza Lovell ... Michelle
Heidi Glover Heidi Glover ... Stephanie Droon
Lachlan Standing Lachlan Standing ... Ben Wentworth
Esme Melville Esme Melville ... Dot
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A British design executive, who seemingly has everything going for him has his life totally changed when a refrigerator falls from an aircraft and lands on his wife. He decides to getaway from it all by taking a trip to Australia. On his bus, he meets a wild group of eccentrics, including a woman who has stolen cash from her drug-dealing boy friend. As the movie moves along, we learn further that the executive is constantly accident-prone and drawn into unlikely situations. The film's title refers to a new design color that Roache is trying to develop. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A dangerously funny romantic adventure. See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

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1 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cor do Entardecer See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Director John Polson and the film won the Golden Maile Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 1999. See more »


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Hallelujah
Performed by Vince Jones
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Still the funniest Oz movie I've seen. But maybe that's just me...
13 August 2011 | by reinventingmSee all my reviews

It's been over a decade since I first caught this film and I've got to say that in spite of playing with stereotypes, it still has a rare quality; something quintessentially Australian entirely devoid of our renowned cringe factor. Linus Roache, Danielle Cormack and Ian Bliss bring each of their characters to life with great craft and humour. Two Hands is the Sydney experience, Animal Kingdom is the Melbourne experience but Siam Sunset is the completely Oz experience. John Polson and the writers Max Dann and Andrew Knight did a wonderful job in highlighting many of our quirks and mores (for better or for worse) in a thoughtful and funny as hell way as we follow Perry (Roache) - the hapless disaster magnet from England through the shockingly funny death of his wife, his suburban London life crippled by the memories, and on to the tourist trip from hell as he sets off from Adelaide into the red heart of Australia. Grace (Cormack) and Martin (Bliss) are two of the most original cinema characters I've seen in years. In fact, these two characters remind me of many people I've known over the years, so in spite of comments of this movie playing to populism or stereotypes, I can't help but watch it and see the opposite. Alan Borough shines as Stuart - the Stratocaster-mangling singer songwriter and Bill Leach (Roy Billing) who still sticks in my mind not so much as the bus driver from hell, but rather as a ubiquitous bureaucrat of the worst order. Overall a surrealist but highly accurate and well observed ninety minute odyssey that will keep you laughing years after you've experienced it.


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