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Wake in Fright (Outback) (1971)

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Starring (View all)
Donald Pleasence Donald Pleasence
Doc Tydon
Gary Bond Gary Bond
John Grant
Chips Rafferty Chips Rafferty
Jock Crawford
Sylvia Kay Sylvia Kay
Janette Hynes
Peter Whittle Peter Whittle
Joe
Al Thomas Al Thomas
Tim Hynes
John Meillon John Meillon
Charlie


Written by (View all)
Evan Jones Evan Jones
(screenplay)


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6 years, 2 months ago at May 31 23:26
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Wake In Fright is an early Ozploitation curiosity piece that feels more like a drug movie (in this case the drug being alcohol, and lots of it!) than the Outback thriller that the title and poster suggests. The main character (looking like an Aussie version of Thomas Jane) is on holiday from his job as a school teacher and one beer and a little gambling sends him down the rabbit hole of Outbacklan... read more

Less Involving Than I Had Hoped

6 years, 6 months ago at Jan 24 19:45
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To be perfectly honest, I found "Wake in Fright," the chronicle of a man's financial and spiritual ruin in the outback of Australia, to be dull, uninvolving, and rather obvious. Maybe the reason it didn't engross me as much as I expected it to was that I expected an entirely different movie. Looking forward to an exciting, entertaining, and well-made rural thriller, I was instead subjected to a VE... read more
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Description: Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But his one night stretches to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left... ... (more)
Release date: 21 July 1971
Tags: Australia (4), Thriller (2), Kangaroo (2), Australian Outback (2), Animal Cruelty (2), Alcoholic (2), Pub (2), Morality (2), 1970s (2), 1971 (2), Gambling (2), Values (2), Drama (2), Sexism (2), Violence (2), Sex (2), Christmas (2), Alcohol (2), Mining Town (1), Christmas Horror (1)
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