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Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.

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Stephen Wallace

Writer:

Bob Jewson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... China Jackson
Max Phipps ... Norton
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Redford
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Dave
Phil Motherwell Phil Motherwell ... Alby
Michael Gow Michael Gow ... Andrew
Edward Robshaw Edward Robshaw ... Partidge
Tex Morton Tex Morton ... The Govenor (as Robert 'Tex' Morton)
Ray Marshall Ray Marshall ... Chalmers
Syd Heylen Syd Heylen ... Old Bob
Robert Noble Robert Noble ... Riley
Paul Sonkkila ... McIntosh
Keith Gallasch Keith Gallasch ... Tony
Les Newcombe Les Newcombe ... Hogan
James Marsh James Marsh ... Webster
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Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.

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A fight for survival. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

Umbrella Entertainment

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kapinalliset See more »

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Budget:

AUD485,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The production making this film had trouble finding a suitable location for prison setting filming. This difficulty almost shut-down the movie altogether. In the end, the South Australian country prison Gladstone Jail portrayed the Gatunga Gaol of the movie. See more »

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Nails!
28 March 2015 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Directed by Stephen Wallace and written by Bob Jewson, Stir stars Bryan Brown, Max Phipps, Dennis Miller, Gary Waddell and Phil Motherwell. Music is by Cameron Allan and cinematography by Geoff Burton.

Stir is a tough Australian prison drama based on the real life prison riot that occurred at Bathurst Gaol 1974. Writer Bob Jewson was an inmate at the time and draws on his observations for the screenplay.

The standard rules of prison dramas are adhered to here, sadistic guards, homosexuality (though tenderly handled and not involving rape), poor conditions etc. Where Stir lifts itself into the upper echelons of similar genre pictures is with the characterisations, they are credibly written and performed. There are a number of human interest stories running through the plot, none of which involve outsiders, which is a bonus as we all are cemented in this concrete and iron jungle. While the mounting tension is unbearable at times, headed up by the terrific Brown who is pumped with snake eyed hardness and coiled spring intensity.

Criminally under seen, Stir is as tough as steel toe-capped boots and demands to be labelled as essential viewing for those interested in penal based movies. 8/10


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