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Emoh Ruo (1985)

Emoh Ruo is a 1985 Australian comedy film about a young couple finally move from a caravan into their first dream home only to find they have bought a real turkey.


Denny Lawrence
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joy Smithers ... Terri Tunkley
Martin Sacks ... Des. Tunkley
Philip Quast ... Les Tunkley
Genevieve Mooy Genevieve Mooy ... Margaret York
Louise Le Nay Louise Le Nay ... Helen Tunkley
Max Phipps ... Sam Tregado
Jack Ellis ... Jack Tunkley
Bill Young ... Wally Wombat
Helen McDonald Helen McDonald ... Pat Harrison
Mervyn Drake Mervyn Drake ... Warren Harrison
Richard Carter ... Thommo
Di Smith ... Cheryl Mason
Lance Curtis Lance Curtis ... Wayne Mason
Garry Who Garry Who ... Policeman
Charito Ortez Charito Ortez ... Sam's Receptionist


Des and Terri Tunkley are a happily married, but struggling couple about to take the big plunge and buy into the Great Australian Dream. Falling under the spell of a television advertisement extolling the joys of home ownership, Terri cajoles Des into making their first big financial commitment. At first, Des is none too enthusiastic about leaving their carefree, downwardly mobile lifestyle in a caravan park by the sea, and neither is their young son, Jack (Jack Ellis). The good life is for Des is embodied in his beloved, as-yet-as-to-be-restored motorboat. Here then lies a basis for conflict between Terri's desire for the domestic comforts of a 'real' home, and Des' dream of sailing away to the West Indies. Undeterred by her husband's initial reluctance, Terri calls on Austral Finance for a housing loan. Now more determined than ever to realise her dream, Terri becomes frustrated by Des' lack of interest. When things finally come to a head between them one rainy afternoon. Des ... Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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They're after a dream. He's after their money. Result? The funniest Aussie movie ever! [Australia Theatrical] See more »




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12 September 1985 (Australia) See more »

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Housebroken See more »

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This movie got made when producer David Elfick's other project "Cane" (later filmed as Fields of Fire (1987)) went into turnaround at production house UAA. See more »


Featured in Labor in Power: The Recession We Had to Have (1993) See more »


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1980s social commentary packaged in a very funny film.
12 June 2001 | by wombat_1See all my reviews

What "The Castle" was to Melbourne in the 90s, "Emoh Ruo" is to Sydney in the 80s.

A "typical" not so wealthy young couple with child live in a caravan in a wealthy Sydney suburb. After an unfortunate incident, and after being seduced by an immensely funny parody of a TV Home Loan commercial, they decide to build a "dream home" of their own. Being completely innocent of such matters, they therefore become victims of builders, real estate salesmen, the bank, of tradition, of society, and even of their own families. They don't cope at all well to start (he loses his job and she becomes quite neurotic); although all crises are happily resolved in the end, even if in a somewhat unexpected way.

Unlike some other very funny movies, this one has a coherent plot, a believable (for a comedy) storyline; and some actual depth to the characters. It's more than a collection of gags strung together. It's a wry commentary on what was a reality to many people of the day. In many ways, a political cartoon made into a movie.

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