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Synopsis: The 40th Anniversary of a lost classic from the Outback…
Alongside MAD MAX and WALKABOUT, WAKE IN FRIGHT is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Directed by Ted Kotcheff (FIRST BLOOD) and starring Donald Pleasence (HALLOWEEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE), WAKE IN FRIGHT tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Believed to be lost for decades and virtually unseen in America until now, WAKE IN FRIGHT returns fully-restored in stunning HD in what the New York Observer says “may be the greatest Australian film ever made.”


Drama / Thriller





Run Time

109 minutes


Donald Pleasence ('Doc' Tydon)
Gary Bond (John Grant)
Chips Rafferty (Jock Crawford)
Sylvia Kay (Janette Hynes)
Jack Thompson (Dick)
Peter Whittle (Joe)
Al Thomas (Tim Hynes)
John Meillon (Charlie)
John Armstrong (Atkins)
Slim DeGrey (Jarvis)

Directed by

Ted Kotcheff

Written by

Evan Jones

Produced by

George Willoughby

Edited by

Anthony Buckley


John Scott


Brian West

Prod. Company

NLT Productions


Cannes Film Festival - France - 1971

Palme d'Or


Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence. - Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing. - Roger Ebert , Chicago Sun-Times

"Wake in Fright" is true horror. - Robert Abele , Los Angeles Times

Wake in Fright is the closest a movie can get to a primal scream. - Rex Reed , Observer

Several decades later, it still chills. - John Hartl , Seattle Times

"Wake in Fright" is a monster movie, and the monster is us. - Ty Burr , Boston Globe


Rotten Tomatoes - 100% Certified Fresh - [Rotten Tomatoes]

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Aspect Ratio

1.85 : 1

Sound Mix



35 mm

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