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(1974)

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A number of the cast from this movie appeared later in the similar Australian cult movie Mad Max (1979). This included actors Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward, Vincent Gil, David Bracks and Reg Evans.
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Four hundred real bikers participated as extras in the famous highway funeral procession sequence seen at the beginning of this film.
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The Grave Diggers bikie gang featured a number of characters who had colorful names. Theses included Bad Max, Blue, Boots, Buzzard, Captain Midnight, Dr Death, Euridyce, Ferret, Go Down, Hooks, Karma, Midnight, Pinball, Scrag, Septic, 69, Skunk, Stinkfinger, Sunshine, Tiger, Toad, Undertaker and Zonk.
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This movie is somewhat considered a precursor to Mad Max (1979). David Stratton in his book 'The Last New Wave' states that this movie " . . . bears many similarities to the [later] Mad Max (1979) and is, in a sense, its forerunner. Both deal with anti-social bikie gangs, both have as their title protagonist a policeman who is as rough as the criminals he's trying to capture, both feature characters with bizarre names . . . ". Even DVD releases of this movie have boasted a tagline suggesting this: "Before MAD MAX and THE ROAD WARRIOR There Was STONE".
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This picture was theatrically released in the UK for the first time eight years after its Australian premiere season. 'Time Out' states: "Eight years after its Australian debut, 'Stone' was wheeled onto the British circuits by distributors clearly chasing the audience that made the Mad Max (1979) cycle so successful".
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This movie's original theatrical cut ran 132 minutes. Reportedly, director Sandy Harbutt was relatively unhappy with this version. During the 1980s, when the movie was optioned for home video release by Roadshow Home Video (a division of Roadshow Film Distributors), Harbutt requested that he be able to re-cut his film so that it reflected his original vision. The original Australian video release (circa 1985) runs 98 minutes and carries a "Director Approved" message coupled with Harbutt's signature. It is this significantly shorter "Director's Cut", inclusive of Premium Film's 1995 21st Anniversary re-release, that has replaced all previous versions of the film. The Australian DVD releases also run at this shorter hour-and-a-half length. Harbutt has said of the half-hour shorter version, the only one available on video: "I just look at the picture as it is and as it was and as far as I'm concerned, the picture should be as it is. That's what I want the world to see".
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A motor-cycle club entitled the 'Stone Social Club' was established as a tribute to this movie.
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Ken Shorter designed his own clothes.
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Actor Vincent Gil also worked as a grip on the movie.
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Rebecca Gilling was originally cast as Euridyce. However after Amber Rodgers dropped out, she was re-cast as Vanessa, and her sister Jane Gilling replaced Rebecca.
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Sandy Harbutt performed a number of roles on this movie. Harbutt was director, co-scriptwriter, producer, production designer, songwriter, and lead actor playing Undertaker, the leader of the Grave Diggers Bikie gang.
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First theatrical feature film directed by Sandy Harbutt.
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This movie was a very successful box-office hit at the box-office in Australia when theatrically released in 1974.
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The script for this movie originated in 1970 as an episode of the Australian police drama television series The Long Arm (1970). Sandy Harbutt was playing a detective on the TV show. When the series got canceled, Harbutt re-worked the script into a feature length movie.
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The movie is notable for a motorcycle stunt where a motor-bike rides off the cliff-top of an 80 foot high rock into the sea.
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This movie is the only ever theatrical feature film directed by Sandy Harbutt.
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The production shoot for this picture went for five weeks.
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This film was only completed three days before its World Premiere on 28 June 1974 at the Forum Cinema in Sydney, New South Wales.
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Real life bikies and bikers were paid with beer for participation as actors and extras in this picture.
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This movie was lambasted by film critics in Australia when released.
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Sandy Harbutt didn't see the final print of this film (from start to finish) until the movie's world premiere.
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Playing Stone, a cop, in this film, actor Ken Shorter was actually an ex-cop.
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Vanessa refers to Stone as "... a telegram boy from the PMG ...". The PMG was the Post-Master General's department, a single organization responsible for mail and telephones throughout Australia until 1975.
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This movie was filmed during October and November 1973.
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The meaning and relevance of this movie's 'Stone' title is that it refers to the name of the central character, a cop, played by Ken Shorter who infiltrates a motorbike gang. The word "stoned" was common in the counter-culture of the 1960s and 1970s referring to the intoxicated state one gets from taking drugs and itself the title of a few movies. A joke reference to Stone's name and its similarity to "stoned" is made in this movie.
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Arguably, Australia's first ever bikie / motor-cycle gang movie. A number, mostly low-budget, films of this genre had been produced in the USA during the 1960s and into the 1970s.
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The Grave Diggers motorcycle gang are so-called in the movie because the group comprises ex-military (known colloquially in Australia as "diggers") from the Vietnam and Korea wars.
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Reportedly, this movie went into profit within six months of its Australian theatrical debut in mid 1974.
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This movie was taken to the Cannes Film Festival in 1980 in order to seek world-wide distribution. This was about six years after its premiere theatrical release in Australia. The spark for this was this film's similarity to the international box-office success of Mad Max (1979) which had launched a year earlier in 1979.
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A real life biker gang played the Grave Diggers' rival gang the Black Hawks.
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Despite this movie's phenomenal box-office success in Australia, Sandy Harbutt has never ever been government funded to make another feature film in Australia.
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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture.
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Garry McDonald: The popular Australian comedian as a motorcycle mechanic. In 1975, McDonald became well known on television in Australia for starring as the comic character Norman Gunstan. This was McDonald's second feature film after Avengers of the Reef (1973).
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