Wake in Fright [Blu-ray]
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John Grant (Gary Bond) is a teacher in the small town of Tiboonda, a dusty speck located somewhere deep in outback country. On holiday for the summer, he takes a train to the city of Bundanyabba, planning to stay for the night, before heading to Sydney. While drinking in a tavern, the teacher is befriended by Jock Crawford (Chips Rafferty) the local constable, and soon finds himself drawn to the town's major source of entertainment, gambling. Initially a big winner, Grant's fortune reverses, and he finds himself flat broke, and dependent on the kindness of strangers.
With few options, Grant ends up at the home of a local, and after a night of heavy drinking, awakens in the cabin of Doc Tydon (Donald Pleasance). Joined by two other locals, the four men drive off into the bush to hunt kangaroos. In some memorable stomach turning scenes, kangaroos are brutally gunned down, and the wounded animals are then maimed or killed. Graphic footage from an actual kangaroo hunt is featured, and watching the helpless animals being massacred, is not a pleasant experience.
Constantly drinking to excess, a frequently inebriated Grant, finds himself swept along by circumstances, into participating in some barbaric acts.Read more ›
Here's the scoop. John Grant (Gary Bond) is a teacher in a bust-out town in the Australian Outback. He heads out for his six week summer vacation to Sydney. The town he stops in on his way to the airport proves to get the better of him and he spirals down into a pit of filth and degradation.
This is a rough ride. The group of guys he befriends, including an alcoholic ex-doctor (Donald Pleasence) don't seem to have much to do so they drink, drink, drink, hunt kangaroo and fight. This is an ugly existence. It's a barren, ugly landscape and the people mirror it. The kangaroo hunting scene made me uncomfortable. These were not special effects. They were really shooting these creatures. There was also a homo-erotic shade to parts of this. And given that it was made in 1971 that was some pretty heavy stuff. But the characters make this movie. This is a world apart. If you don't have money they will buy you a beer knowing you will reciprocate when things turn around. They might also take offense if you don't let them buy you a beer. These are some strange folk.
The acting is very good. It was a hoot seeing a young Jack Thompson. It took me a bit to recognize him. Also, this was pre-"Halloween" Donald Pleasence. He was trim and much more physical back then.Ted Kotcheff helmed this outing. A couple of the scenes were a bit heavy handed but most of it was spot on. The soundtrack is also of note. One of the more interesting I've ever heard in a film.
As much as I might know film, this one never crossed my radar. I'm glad it's been reconditioned and released. It's a must see for any film buff.
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This movie was Awesome- or should I say Aussome!!! Hey, I made a funny!!! !!! My hat Off!!!!! - To the people who saw the "Deliverance" parallel!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Odo of Venafro
One thing's for damn sure. After you see this film, you're going to start reading the label on your dog's canned food a lot closer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by spankytown
Great movie!!! Imagine yourself in the same situation and go from there.Published 3 months ago by Hillbillyrose1980
One of my favorite films. I'm glad that Drafthouse has made this available otherwise my life would have been less wonderful.Published 15 months ago by Jonathan Chance
This film is an Australian classic which still resonates today, especially now that we have an idiot Prime Minister in Tony Abbott and the country feels like it is in the grip of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by KES
First saw this in 1972 when it was named 'The Outback'. Terrific, 'how to become human' movie and my all time favorite, if only because my situation at the time paralleled that of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer