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A scene from the movie Wake in Fright
Genre Drama
Running Time 114 min
MPAA rating R
Release Date Oct 5, 2012
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Wake in Fright

The story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba, planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, as his one night stretches to five, he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left...

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October 11, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

For nearly 40 years, “Wake in Fright” was regarded as the great lost Australian movie — and most of the country had no interest in finding it. Adapted from a novel by Kenneth Cook (and originally released in the US as “Outback”), the 1971 drama took a harrowing look at the beer-soaked macho culture of Down Under, concluding that if de-evolution exists, it has its global headquarters in the tiny Australian town of Bundayabba, fondly called “the Yabba” by the locals. After a cursory VHS release in the ’80s, the film went missing and assumed the status of legend; a few years ago, one of its producers tracked down the negative to a Pittsburgh warehouse, where it sat in a box marked “For Destruction.” Restored, the movie is now making the rounds of festivals and art houses, and it lands at the Brattle today like a toxic shrimp on the barbie.

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