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Fortress (1985)

An Australian school teacher and her students are kidnapped. She and the children fight for their lives and try to escape from their captors.

Director:

Arch Nicholson

Writers:

Everett De Roche (screenplay), Gabrielle Lord (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Garlick Sean Garlick ... Sid
Rachel Ward ... Sally Jones
Elaine Cusick Elaine Cusick ... Mrs. O'Brien
Laurie Moran Laurie Moran ... Mr. O'Brien
Marc Aden Gray Marc Aden Gray ... Tommy (as Marc Gray)
Ray Chubb Ray Chubb ... Publican
Bradley Meehan Bradley Meehan ... Richard
Rebecca Rigg ... Narelle
Beth Buchanan Beth Buchanan ... Leanne
Asher Keddie ... Sue
Anna Crawford Anna Crawford ... Sarah
Richard Terrill Richard Terrill ... Toby
Vernon Wells ... Dabby Duck
Peter Hehir Peter Hehir ... Father Christmas
David Bradshaw David Bradshaw ... Pussy Cat
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Storyline

"Fortress" explores a shocking concept which shows how easily a borderline between a victim and an attacker can be crossed. The children and the teacher, calm and peaceful by nature, when driven beyond their limits by the kidnappers, eventually respond with a cruelty and fury extending that of their oppressors. Written by Jaromir "Vassago" Krol <jaromirk@kr.onet.pl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One teacher and nine students. Stalked by terror, Fortress is their lesson in survival. See more »


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fortaleza See more »

Filming Locations:

Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the "Australian Motion Picture Yearbook 1981/82", during this film's development, Robert Stigwood's production company R and R Films and director Bruce Beresford were originally slated as being on board for the movie. This however, would change. See more »

Goofs

After Sally emerges from the water while she's exploring, for an instant her hair seems swept back and pressed down, clearly drenched. During the next shot, which is a close-up, her hair looks as if it had been hastily dried with a towel, even though we never even see her touch her hair. See more »

Quotes

Father Christmas: Get in the Van!
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Connections

References Kojak (1973) See more »

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User Reviews

Best Final Scene Ever
4 February 2003 | by james-nazeSee all my reviews

This movie stays with you. I think about it at least a couple times a year, every year for the last 17. It really makes you think "how would I react under similar circumstances?" The performances by the kids are great as is that by the teacher. But the best scene of all is the way they close the movie - it's very dis-"heartening".


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