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The Last of the Knucklemen (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 July 1979 (Australia)
In the tradition of Sunday Too Far Away (1975), this independent film is based on the classic Australian play by John Power. Pic tells the story of a group of miners living in a camp in ... See full summary »

Director:

Tim Burstall

Writers:

Tim Burstall, John Power (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Kennedy ... Tarzan
Michael Preston ... Pansy
Peter Hehir Peter Hehir ... Tom
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Horse
Michael Caton ... Monk
Steve Rackman ... Carl
Michael Duffield Michael Duffield ... Methuselah
Steve Bisley ... Mad Dog
Stewart Faichney Stewart Faichney ... Tassie
Sean Myers Sean Myers ... Engineer
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Old Arthur
Ross Skiffington Ross Skiffington ... 2nd Engineer
Les James Les James ... Barman
Tim Robertson ... Man in bar
Savior Summit Savior Summit ... Cook
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In the tradition of Sunday Too Far Away (1975), this independent film is based on the classic Australian play by John Power. Pic tells the story of a group of miners living in a camp in outback Australia. They swear, brawl, gamble, and drink heavily. Central to the story is the conflict between Tarzan, the authoritarian group leader and cocky loud-mouth wisecracking Pansy. This results in a bare-knuckle punch-up for the movie's denouement. Exteriors filmed in Andamooka, South Australia. Written by Jamie Skinner

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The rough & tumble 70s Aussie outback classic. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1979 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

De sista slagskämparna See more »

Filming Locations:

Central Australia, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD460,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Second of only three theatrical feature films as a producer for the late Byron Kennedy. The other movies Kennedy co-produced were Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). See more »

Quotes

Mad Dog: If you don't eat you don't shit - if you don't shit you die.
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Connections

Spoofed in Making 'Weekend of Summer Last' (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme Music
Performed by The New Harlem Jazz Band
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A wonderful Aussie movie
21 May 1999 | by gazza-12See all my reviews

This is one of those classic Aussie movies which stands the test of time. Although possessing a somewhat flimsy story line the film's strength lies in its variety of characters, wonderfully portrayed by some of Australia's best acting talent. Gerard Kennedy is, as always, simply great in the role of Tarzan. This bloke is really a class actor and he is well supported here by the broodingly secretive Peter Hehir. Typically strong performances from Steve Bisley, Dennis Miller and Mike Preston are also a feature. And who can forget Denise Drysdale's performance as the whore with a heart of gold? The Aussie trait of supporting the underdog is demonstrated in the film's ending. This is one of my all-time Aussie favourites.


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