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Wake in Fright

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Ted Kotcheff

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About the Movie

Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake In Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Directed by Ted Kotcheff (First Blood) and starring Donald Pleasence (Halloween, The Great Escape), Wake In Fright tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher's (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Wake in Fright" is true horror. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Oct 19, 2012

Fresh: Australian tale of a holiday gone wrong has a potent, distinctive creepiness. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 5, 2012

Fresh: A legendary and controversial Aussie classic, although it's long been available only in poor-quality video releases. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Oct 4, 2012

Fresh: A road movie using undeveloped land as a blank screen on which to project a dark deconstruction of masculinity and manifest destiny. – Karina Longworth, Village Voice, Oct 2, 2012

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Wake in Fright
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1971

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