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High Tide (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama | 30 July 1987 (Australia)
Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour in a small town and finds her daughter in a mobile home park.

Director:

Gillian Armstrong

Writer:

Laura Jones (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Lilli
Jan Adele Jan Adele ... Bet
Claudia Karvan ... Ally
Colin Friels ... Mick
John Clayton John Clayton ... Col
Frankie J. Holden Frankie J. Holden ... Lester
Toni Scanlan ... Mary (as Toni Scanlon)
Monica Trapaga Monica Trapaga ... Tracey
Barry Rugless Barry Rugless ... Club Manager
'Cowboy' Bob Purtell 'Cowboy' Bob Purtell ... Joe
Mark Hembrow ... Mechanic
Emily Stocker Emily Stocker ... Michelle
Marc Aden Gray Marc Aden Gray ... Jason (as Marc Gray)
Jan Boreham Jan Boreham ... Mona
May Howlett May Howlett ... Mick's Mum
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Storyline

Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour in a small town and finds her daughter in a mobile home park. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

When your past catches up with you, you either face it or keep running.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1987 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dagály See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$138,288
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hemdale, FGH, SJL See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Reportedly, director Gillian Armstrong wanted to make a film about surfing culture. This was ironic, because Armstrong had allegedly turned down directing the Australian surfing film Puberty Blues (1981). See more »


Soundtracks

The Lawdy Mama
Performed by The Harry Rose Singers
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What you've not seen, but longed for...
9 October 2008 | by BERSERKERpoetrySee all my reviews

There's a certain allure I've always found in discovering the great unknown film. These discoveries have nearly always been dramatic stories. In my experience, unknown sci-fi, action and horror are unknown for very, very good reasons. I found "High Tide" on video at a junk store, mixed in amongst countless dozens of tapes of varying quality. Of course, that's the only place I would find it, as it is still not on DVD.

While I was watching Judy Davis (as Lillie) throughout the course of this film, I was certain I was watching a great undiscovered performance. I had previously seen Davis in several small parts - and one starring role in "A Passage to India". But, although she was great in that film, "High Tide" is a different animal entirely. Judy Davis' performance is stunning, I cannot say enough good things about it. She shares an amazing on-screen relationship with young Claudia Karvan (as Ally), this film's other great actress. There's a lot of drama and quiet humanity they share together, the details of which I won't reveal here (see it for yourself!).

There's too much good in "High Tide" to cover in one review, but the film speaks well enough for itself. Laura Jones writes stunning dialogue, beautiful words for the mouths of real people. Gillian Armstrong directs her actors toward a growing, powerful honesty. She turns everyday things into powerful, human depictions. I felt so alive and changed by the story this film tells. It's a weightless and strong depiction of running and staying put. You're welcome to make a choice.


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