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The Night, the Prowler (1978)

The Night The Prowler, is about the dark side of suburban middle-class urban culture and family relations. It film brings to the surface some of the darkest recesses of suburban family life... See full summary »

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Jim Sharman

Writers:

Patrick White (novel), Patrick White (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Cracknell Ruth Cracknell ... Doris Bannister
John Frawley John Frawley ... Humphrey Bannister
Kerry Walker ... Felicity Bannister
John Derum John Derum ... John Galbraith
Maggie Kirkpatrick Maggie Kirkpatrick ... Madge Hopkirk
Terry Camilleri ... The Prowler
Harry Neilson Harry Neilson ... Old man
Peter Collingwood ... Dr. Herborn
Robbie Ward Robbie Ward ... Mrs. Burstall
Merv Lillie Merv Lillie ... Alcoholic man
Dorothy Hewett Dorothy Hewett ... Alcoholic woman
Ray Marshall Ray Marshall ... Detective 1
Robert Baxter Robert Baxter ... Detective 2
Paul Chubb ... Policeman 1
John Cobley John Cobley ... Policeman 2
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The Night The Prowler, is about the dark side of suburban middle-class urban culture and family relations. It film brings to the surface some of the darkest recesses of suburban family life. The film shifts from the darkly comic to the deadly serious. A young woman is attacked by a prowler in her bedroom but she turns the tables on him and she ravishes him. She then transforms into a knife wielding, leather jacketed prowler herself and begins sneaking in men's bedrooms at night. The prowlee becomes the prowler. Written by Jonesy

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Nobel Prize winning author Patrick White's first film...

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La nuit, un rôdeur See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene in which Kerry Armstrong's character first sneaks out of the house in her leather gear, she walks past a hoarding which is covered in posters, among which are multiple posters for "Hair" - a reference to the fact Jim Sharman had directed the original 1969 Australian stage production of the rock musical. See more »

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When the old man in the ruined house is being covered up by police after his death, the actor playing him can be clearly seen breathing. See more »

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one of Australia's best 10
8 May 2005 | by radicalmediaSee all my reviews

The dialog in this film is incredibly speakable -- in response to Mephisto -- and I think what you are unhappy with is it's camp melodramatic style -- which on a critical level is achieved with sophistication and panache.

Kerry Walker is a stand out as the mannish blossom -- ripening with rebellion and uncertainty -- the perfect counter to her mother played by Ruth Cracknell. Ruth's performance is genius -- the timing for black humour I have only seen seconded by Kathleen TUrner in Serial Mom.

This film is beautifully shot. The camera moves with deft purpose -- never feeling television or obvious -- but a secure mix of voyeurism and arch photographic signposting (appropriate to the camp postmodern genre) Australia (along with Spain, USA and Brazil, NEW ZEALAND-- thanks to ALmodovar, Waters and Jackson) is home of the CAMP aesthetic -- and culturally we've been balking at this over the last few years. But what's really going for us -- is something that uniquely expresses our nation's ironic plight of being a little America.

WALK THE TALK, LOVE SERENADE, SWEETIE are also worthy notables.


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