Wake in Fright (1971) - Drama, Thriller

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After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 7 out of 81 found boring (8.64%)

One-line Reviews (25)

Instead what you're going to get is a two-hour waste of time that starts with an air of "inane old boys' club" and then drags on forever in the style of "sadistic frathouse.

Intriguing and frightening .

Veterans Donald Pleasence and Chips Rafferty play characters as repellent as they are fascinating.

Australia is a fascinating country because it is home to both the city and the rural, timeless outback...

Overall, this movie has about 40 really engaging and disturbing minutes, but lacks a compelling lead and ends a little to quaintly to be truly substantial.

how it truly is regardless of how mundane it may seem.

Disturbing, nightmarish, and fascinating, this movie takes the viewer on Grant's dark journey to near oblivion.

Otherwise this film is marred by bad acting, unconvincing episodes, overlong and repetitive scenes and, above all, the lack of interesting or engaging characters.

But there's an odd beauty to the scene, especially when one of the group decides to take one on with a knife in a thrilling encounter.

It's an intense character study drama about a teacher (John Grant, played by Gary Bond) seconded out to the middle of nowhere in order to repay a government debt which helped pay for his tuition, I think.

The music and opening 360 degree shot of the small cluster of buildings in the middle of the barren and empty Australian desert echoes most famous Leone's spaghetti westerns.

A riveting and provocative stunner.

But in retrospect, the film is quite exciting, quite original and a risky approach to confronting themes that plagued the world in the 70's era.

this film is also fascinating although it paints a very dark and disturbing picture of the island continent.

It's a bitter film, great in many aspects, but ultimately may fall short due to its aging feel and somewhat slow pace.

A slow pan of a lonely outback railway stop.

Stunning new print seen at TIFF .

Despite some flaws, the film is gripping and definitely leaves an impression.

Visually intriguing to anyone who has never been to Australia.

The bozo behavior of local men lubricated with endless alcohol and cruel boredom gets a mighty serve as well.

The film is notorious for scenes of a Kangaroo being brutally murdered by a pack of drunken men engaging in an uncontrollably escalating series of dares.

Donald Pleasance is one of those actors who is always worth watching and astonishingly versatile.

The stunning "Wake in Fright" is generally regarded as an important film in the annals of Australian cinema, and is a convincing and disconcerting experience, to boot.

i did finally get to Australia in 1997 and it was every bit as fascinating as i had expected.

What happens to one person when they think that they can beat the house, and wanting to get out of their so called mundane life.