Wake in Fright

Rated R 99 minutes 2014

From the untamed wilds of 1970s Australian exploitationers comes a hard-to-define, impossible to forget melodrama about a bored, unattached Outback schoolteacher on holiday (Gary Bond) and what happens to him when he drifts aimlessly into a nightmarish town called Bundanyabba. Animal lovers, beware. More than one or two kangaroos meet grisly ends in the movie, but not to worry — they were all killed by “professional hunters.” What happens to the some of the humans is almost as bad. Canadian-British director Ted Kotcheff (North Dallas Forty, Weekend at Bernie’s) catches the, uh, spirit of violent, beer-swilling “ocker” life like no other movie before or since, with sweaty, queasy-making character support by Donald Pleasance, Chips Rafferty, and Sylvia Kay as denizens of “the Yabba.” One of a kind. (114 min.)

Film Credits

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Producer: George Willoughby, Howard Barnes and Bill Harmon

Cast: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, Peter Whittle, Al Thomas, John Meillon, John Armstrong, Slim DeGrey, Maggie Dence, Norman Erskine, Owen Moase, John Dalleen, Buster Fiddess, Tex Foote, Colin Hughes, Jacko Jackson, Nancy Knudsen, Dawn Lake, Harry Lawrence, Bob McDarra, Carlo Marchini and Liam Reynolds

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