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Dawn! (1979)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 8 March 1979 (USA)
Biopic of Australian 3 Time Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Dawn Fraser.


Ken Hannam


Joy Cavill
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bronwyn Mackay-Payne Bronwyn Mackay-Payne ... Dawn Fraser
Ron Haddrick ... Pop
Bunney Brooke Bunney Brooke ... Mum (as Bunny Brooke)
Tom Richards Tom Richards ... Harry
John Diedrich John Diedrich ... Gary
Gabrielle Hartley Gabrielle Hartley ... Kate
Ivar Kants ... Len
David Cameron ... Joe
Kevin Wilson Kevin Wilson ... Bippy
Lyndall Barbour Lyndall Barbour ... Edie
John Clayton John Clayton ... Syd
Go Mikami Go Mikami ... Police Inspector
Judith Fisher ... Chaperone
Reg Gillam Reg Gillam ... 1st Board Member
Bill Charlton Bill Charlton ... Johnno


Biopic of Australian 3 Time Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Dawn Fraser.

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She's a killer. She's a champion. She's a rebel. See more »


Biography | Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

8 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dawn See more »


Box Office


AUD750,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The film's closing credits state that this picture was: "Made with the assistance of Australian Film Commission and The Seven Network". See more »


Referenced in Pacific Banana Unpeeled (2004) See more »

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Bronwyn ?
26 January 2005 | by bandcfitz0627See all my reviews

This film is a bit pedestrian in its storytelling but it is redeemed by the beautiful Bronwyn Mackay-Payne as Dawn Fraser. She is also quite believable as an Olympic athlete and has a strong sensual presence. While this film is not on the level of Personal Best it is quite watchable and absorbing thanks to Ms. Mackay-Payne. I had hoped to see her work as the years passed but I have not had that pleasure. Was she herself an Olympic caliber athlete ? Since she was neither petite nor blond it is probable that significant roles were not forthcoming. If anyone has information about this actress feel free to e-mail me. I am a big fan of actors and films a little off the beaten path. So many films and TV programs feature young blond actors who can not act and seem to resemble each other.

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