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Blue Fin (1978)

Based on the children's novel by celebrated South Australian author 'Colin Thiele', this is an emotional father and son story about tuna fishing of Southern Blue Fin tuna in South ... See full summary »


Carl Schultz, Bruce Beresford (uncredited)


Sonia Borg (screenplay), Colin Thiele (novel)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Hardy Krüger ... Bill Pascoe (as Hardy Kruger)
Greg Rowe Greg Rowe ... Steve 'Snook' Pascoe
John Jarratt ... Sam Snell
Liddy Clark Liddy Clark ... Ruth Pascoe
Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Stan
Elspeth Ballantyne Elspeth Ballantyne ... Mrs. Pascoe
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Herbie
Alfred Bell Alfred Bell ... Geordie
George Spartels ... Con
Jock Owen Jock Owen ... Jock
John Godden ... Ockie
John Thompson John Thompson ... Snitch
Kelly Aitken Kelly Aitken ... Pam
John Frawley John Frawley ... Governor
Graham Rouse Graham Rouse ... Bellamy
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Based on the children's novel by celebrated South Australian author 'Colin Thiele', this is an emotional father and son story about tuna fishing of Southern Blue Fin tuna in South Australia's Port Lincoln fishing district. Accident prone son Snook is forever making mistakes much to the chagrin of his father Pascoe. But when tragedy strikes the fishing boat during a deep sea fishing trek in the Southern Ocean, the boy is called on to become a man in a rites of sea passage to reconcile is past mishaps and save both his father and the ship from certain disaster. Written by Jamie Skinner

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fishing | sea | boy | port | ocean | See All (24) »


A stirring adventure of a son and father who became a team. See more »


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The film's closing credits state that this picture was: "Produced by the South Australian Film Corporation. Shot on location at Streaky Bay, South Australia and in the Studios of the Corporation, 230 The Parade, Norwood, South Australia". See more »


Referenced in Pacific Banana Unpeeled (2004) See more »


Waltzing Matilda
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Music by Christina Macpherson
Played on recorders at the Miss Tuna contest
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Moving story of family bonds versus nature
1 February 2001 | by ljw1004See all my reviews

A fishing vessel sets out from a small town in South Australia. A storm comes, and the boat is wrecked. The filming of the storm and its aftermath, out at sea on the boat, are remarkable. In parallel, the film tells the story of a young boy wanting to grow up, wanting to fit into the world of his father and brothers out at sea.

The fishing vessel and the storm might remind you of The Perfect Storm. However, unlike that film, Blue Fin also tells a more subtle tale (of growing up and family bonds), has thoroughly believable fishermen, and describes well their relationship with the sea and with their boat. Blue Fin was written by the author of "Storm Boy"; if you liked one of the two films, you'll probably like the other.

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December 1978 (USA) See more »

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AUD750,000 (estimated)
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