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The Empty Beach (1985)

A down-on-his-luck P.I. is hired by a beautiful woman to find her missing husband who disappeared after receiving some tapes.

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Chris Thomson

Writers:

Peter Corris (novel), Keith Dewhurst
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Cliff Hardy
Anna Maria Monticelli ... Anne Winter
Ray Barrett ... MacLeary
John Wood ... Parker
Belinda Giblin Belinda Giblin ... Marion Singer
Peter Collingwood ... Fred Ward
Kerry Mack Kerry Mack ... Hildegard
Joss McWilliam Joss McWilliam ... Tal
Sally Cooper Sally Cooper ... Sandy Modesto
Nick Tate ... Brian Henneberry
Rhys McConnochie ... Garth Green
Steve Rackman ... Rex
Robert Alexander ... Bob
Bob Barrett Bob Barrett ... Johnno
Christopher Lewis Christopher Lewis ... Aldo
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A down-on-his-luck P.I. is hired by a beautiful woman to find her missing husband who disappeared after receiving some tapes.

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Cliff Hardy - One Man Against Sydney's Underworld

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Thriller

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cliff Hardy - yksityisetsivä See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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The film was made and released about two years after its source Cliff Hardy novel of the same name by Peter Corris had been first published in 1983. See more »

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Film Noir Down Under
30 April 2000 | by robsalvinSee all my reviews

A curiosity - a bit like the Big Sleep transposed to 1980s Sydney. Bryan Brown is Cliff Hardy - an Aussie Sam Spade - uncovering corruption and general nastiness.

Brown, sometimes accused of woodeness, is personable enough as the down-at-heel investigator.

The plot takes our hero through the inherent humiliations of the genre and leads to a creepily disquieting finale.

Interesting principally in the way it presents a rather nasty counterpoint to the usual sun 'n' fun vision of Sydney.


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