“ 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.