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One Night Stand (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 5 May 1984 (USA)
In Australia, four teenagers in a Sydney theater are astounded to hear the news that a nuclear war has broken out in Eastern Europe. They try to figure out the best way they can survive the coming conflagration.

Director:

John Duigan

Writer:

John Duigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Coppin ... Sam
Cassandra Delaney ... Sharon
Jay Hackett Jay Hackett ... Brendan
Saskia Post ... Eva
David Pledger David Pledger ... Tony
Michael Cloyd Michael Cloyd ... American sailor
Todd Boyce ... American sailor
Justin Monjo Justin Monjo ... American sailor
John Krummel John Krummel ... News Personality
Richard Morecroft Richard Morecroft ... First Newsreader
Helen Pankhurst Helen Pankhurst ... Second newsreader
Frankie Raymond Frankie Raymond ... Frankie
Peggy Thompson Peggy Thompson ... Sam's mother
Monica McDonald Monica McDonald ... Sam's U.S. girlfriend
Ian Gilmour ... Sharon's ex-boyfriend
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Storyline

In Australia, four teenagers in the Sydney Opera House are horrified to hear the news that nuclear war has broken out in Eastern Europe. They try to figure out the best way they can survive the coming conflagration. At the film's end, it is left uncertain whether Sydney will be hit by nuclear weapons, although the US spy facility at Pine Gap has been obliterated. Written by Tom Sellick

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A world gone mad... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

Australia | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die letzte Nacht See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Goofs

Air raid sirens are heard going off in several scenes. Sydney did not have any functional air raid sirens after 1945. See more »

Quotes

Sam: Nuclear bombs... if you think about it, if there was a kid in outer-space doing a science project on human-beings, he'd have to say we're all crazy.
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Friday on My Mind
Written by Harry Vanda and George Young
Performed by The Easybeats
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Brilliant early Duigan
30 November 2003 | by mppullarSee all my reviews

In the eighties, John Duigan was one of Australia's most innovative and charming film-makers. Although he hasn't done much of note in recent years, "Flirting" (1991) and "Lawn Dogs" (1997) are 90s examples of his brilliance, and his forthcoming film, "Head in the Clouds", sounds promising. "Lawn Dogs", with its magnificent acting, screenplay (sadly not by Duigan) and stunning cinematography, is probably his masterpiece, but for sheer experimentalism and surprising pathos, "One Night Stand" is hard to ignore, especially considering it was made in 1984.

The story is very simple - actually, there isn't much of one. A group of four people sit around in an abandoned Sydney Opera House, worrying about the end of the world. But Duigan uses this merely as a point of departure. With some of the most interesting, and subtle, uses of flashback that I've seen in a while, nice acting, and clever uses of "Short Memory" by Midnight Oil and Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", Duigan has come up with quite a gem. It doesn't have any of the usual trappings of Australian film - excessive "larikanism", lack of subtlety and depth, cinematic blandness or an irritating effort to be noticeably "Australian" (despite the potentially cumbersome use of Sydney landmarks) - and has so many things that many American and world movies lack. "One Night Stand" is a film with the potential to surprise in an age when we so often think we've seen it all. It's dated a little bit - quite a bit, actually - but, well, it was 1984, so you can't exactly expect it to look like it was made yesterday. But in terms of what it achieves - emotionally, politically, cinematically - it is avant-garde in the truest sense. Not unwatchable, not difficult, just truly ahead of the game. And so few films have really caught up in the 20 years since.

I just hope that "Head in the Clouds" can show that Duigan still is, rather than just was, an amazing film-maker. More people need to see "Lawn Dogs". More people need to see the Danny Emberling films. And, judging by the seriously low user-rating, and startling absence of user comments on IMDb, it seems very clear that more people need to see "One Night Stand".


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