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Wake in Fright Details


was based on Kenneth Cook's novel Wake in Fright. Gary Bond plays a naive young Australian teacher who is tragically unprepared for his new position in the outback. The community he has been sent to is populated almost exclusively by amoral, primitive toughs, more interested in slaughtering kangaroos and sexual carousing than in such niceties as education or propriety. The methodical shattering of Bond's dearly held values plunge the young teacher deeper into degeneracy. was so graphic in its original Australian version that 15 minutes had to be cut before American distributor Group W would consider touching it. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 7, 2014


Donald Pleasence
as Doc Tydon
Chips Rafferty
as Jock Crawford
Jack Thompson
as Dick
Peter Whittle
as Joe
John Meillon
as Charlie
Slim de Grey
as Jarvis
Maggie Dence
as Receptionist
Norman Erskine
as Joe the Cook
Dawn Lake
as Joyce
Harry Lawrence
as Higgins
Liam Reynolds
as Miner


Ted Kotcheff
Evan Jones
Anthony Buckley
Dennis Gentle
Art Director
Bill Harmon
Executive Producer
Howard Rubie
First Assistant Director
Hugh Strain
Sound Mixer
Tim Wellburn
Sound Editor
Thom Noble
Post Production Coordinator
Howard Rubie
Second Unit Director