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Wake in Fright (1971) - Movie Details

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116 min.
Release Date
October 5, 2012 (NY)
October 12, 2012 (LA)
DVD Release Date
January 15, 2013
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Running Time
116 minutes
MPAA Rating
Unrated

Alongside Max Max and Walkabout, Wake In Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Combining the backwoods horror of Deliverance and the gritty nihilism of Straw Dogs, the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher's (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts (including a very inebriated "doctor" played by Donald Pleasence), while stranded in a small town in... Full synopsis »

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Wake in Fright is an Australian movie that has barely been seen since its 1971 debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Despite being nominated for a Palme D'Or, the movie was poorly marketed and never released to VHS or DVD. The film is, according to Wikipedia and marketing materials, Australia's great "lost film." It is unquestionably great. Full movie review »

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