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Don's Party (1976)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 November 1976 (Australia)
Don is a schoolteacher living with his wife Kath and baby son in suburban Melbourne. On the night of the 1969 federal election he invites a small group of friends to celebrate a predicted ... See full summary »

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Bruce Beresford
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanie Drynan ... Kath / Wife
John Hargreaves ... Don / Husband
Pat Bishop Pat Bishop ... Jenny / Mal's wife
Ray Barrett ... Mal / Jenny's husband
Veronica Lang Veronica Lang ... Jody / Simon's wife
Graeme Blundell ... Simon / Jody's husband
Harold Hopkins ... Cooley / Susan's boyfriend
Clare Binney Clare Binney ... Susan / Cooley's girlfriend
Kit Taylor ... Evan / Kerry's husband
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ... Kerry / Evan's wife
Graham Kennedy ... Mack / design engineer
John Gorton ... Himself (Prime Minister of Australia 1968-1971) (as John Grey Gorton)
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Storyline

Don is a schoolteacher living with his wife Kath and baby son in suburban Melbourne. On the night of the 1969 federal election he invites a small group of friends to celebrate a predicted Australian Labor Party (ALP) election victory, much to the dismay of his wife. To the party come Mal, Don's university mentor, and his bitter wife Jenny, sex-obsessed Cooley and his latest girlfriend, nineteen-year-old Susan, Evan, a dentist, and his beautiful artist wife Kerry. Somehow, two Liberal supporters, Simon and Jody also come. As the party wears on it becomes clear that the Labor party, which is supported by Don and most of the guests, is not winning. As a result, alcohol consumption increases, and the sniping between Don and his male friends about their failed aspirations gets uglier, as does their behavior toward the women. Mack, a design engineer whose wife has just left him, pulls out a nude photo of her for his friends' approval. Crass womanizer Cooley pursues the available women. The ...

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What a helluva night! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1976 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Festa de Don See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First of three appearances by Graham Kennedy in a theatrical feature film which was an adaptation of a play by David Williamson. The second one was The Club (1980) whilst the third and final one was Travelling North (1987). Of these three movies, director Bruce Beresford directed two of them, this film and The Club (1980). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kath Henderson: Could you put Richard in the car?
Don Henderson: Right.
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Soundtracks

She Wears My Ring
Written by Felice Bryant (uncredited) and Boudleaux Bryant (uncredited)
Sung by Johnny O'Keefe
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One of the best Williamson movies.
8 August 1999 | by ormasSee all my reviews

Perhaps one of the best of Williamson's plays/movies, the story is about an election eve party where the winning side is the wrong one for most of the participants.

The characterization of the drunk middle-aged, middle class, and slightly socialist characters is in my opinion the highlight of the film.

A must see for anyone wanting to understand Australia.


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