Wake in Fright

Wake in Fright

Streaming Video - 1971
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Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake In Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Directed by Ted Kotcheff (First Blood) and starring Donald Pleasence (Halloween, The Great Escape), Wake In Fright tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher's (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia.
Publisher: [United States] : Cinedigm : Made available through hoopla, 1971
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 109 min.)) : sd., col
Alternative Title: Wake in fright (Motion picture)

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PeterRLD
Dec 18, 2018

An unpleasant movie. Does male bonding in Australia necessarily involve drinking till you puke, indulging in mindless games of chance, slaughtering animals? I doubt it. Does it ever? Maybe, but why would we want to watch it?

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Randy777_0
Oct 20, 2018

This is a vile animal snuff movie. If you enjoy watching lengthy scenes of actual animal abuse, torture and murder, then you will love this movie. If you are disgusted by terrified animals being tortured and writhing in excruciating pain until they die, then you will hate this garbage of a movie.

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Randy777_0
Oct 20, 2018

This is a vile animal snuff movie. If you enjoy watching lengthy scenes of actual animal abuse, torture and murder, then you will love this movie. If you are disgusted by terrified animals being tortured and writhing in excruciating pain until they die, then you will hate this garbage of a movie.

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RoyalJellyIII
Aug 24, 2015

Decent movie- I wouldn't call this an accurate portrayal of Australian as the director Ted Kotcheff did- but still a good movie. Based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Kenneth Cook.

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ghostserver
Aug 16, 2015

What Nursebob said: "Male bonding becomes a destructive force in Ted Kotcheff’s psychological gut-punch of a film", nails it. A perfect review of "Wake in Fright"

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Nursebob
Aug 15, 2015

Male bonding becomes a destructive force in Ted Kotcheff’s psychological gut-punch of a film, a classic only recently restored. Oppressive and tainted with hopelessness, his masterfully directed opus plays like one man’s waking nightmare. Try as he may Grant just can’t seem to leave town and as he begins his slow descent he is further tormented by Faustian memories of his girlfriend beckoning half-naked before a pounding seashore. Faced with an existential mediocrity Grant’s despair is almost palpable which makes the film’s gripping final moments—scenes saturated with self-hatred and a bleak homoeroticism—all the more heart-rending and lending a sad irony to its sunbaked denouement.

avisualfeel May 26, 2015

Loved Chips Rafferty who played the sheriff. Just bloody brilliant!

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voisjoe1_0
Mar 01, 2015

A school teacher in Australia plans to spend his summer in Sydney, but circumstances force him to spend it in the Outback with a pathetic group of Cro-magnun-like men who spend most of their time getting drunk, breaking-up places, and sleeping off their latest round of perdition. Our school teacher, at first, tries to avoid the debauchery, but eventually falls prey to it and in drunken revelry, commits acts that he someday may attempt to block from his memory. The portrayal of Australian Outback losers is so horrible, that the film (released in 1971) bombed greatly in Australia and went missing for decades until a few copies were found in the last few years and were used to resurrect the film for DVD. I didn’t like the film as much as the critics. The directing is great (really the first action film for Ted Kotcheff). Perhaps Hollywood saw great promise and lined Kotcheff up for his more memorable Hollywood films.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 29, 2014

"The best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence."-Nick Cave
A lost outback classic of the early 70s that was rediscovered and re-released several years ago. It was one of the first films in the Oz boom of that decade, which also included "Picnic at Hanging Rock," "Walkabout," "Mad Max," and "The Last Wave."
The story is simple enough: a teacher arrives in a small town on his way to Sydney and gets waylaid there, leading to a dark night (or few) of the soul that involves gambling, drinking, women, and shooting kangaroos at night. A kind of horror film about one man losing control, it makes good use of the stark beauty of Australia and has a fine cast, including Gary Bond, who resembles a young Peter O'Toole, Donald Pleasance, as an alcoholic doctor, and Jack Thompson in his first role. For those whose cinematic image of Australia is "Crocodile Dundee," this is a much darker, stranger, and violent vision. Also on Netflix.

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franzkafka
Jun 23, 2014

Stark and raw. Well put together. As the expression goes in Oz it would be "fair dinkum" to spend time watching this flick.
What with the harshness of the Outback (a mediocre restaurant chain for food), poisonous box jellyfish, huge salt water crocs and more than their share of shark attacks visiting Australia is very low on my list of priorities. Brush fires all the time and skin cancer rates through the roof are also negative factors about that place. I wonder if you still have to have a criminal record to get into the place.
I'm quite well travelled and New Zealand holds much more allure for me and I'm not even a Lord of the Rings fan.
In any event I'll just through another shrimp on the barbie.

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