Wake in Fright
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Awe-inspiring, brutal and stunning, Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba, planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, as his one night stretches to five, he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left... Believed lost for many years, Wake in Fright has been painstakingly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Several decades later, it still chills."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Wake in Fright is an absolute must-see for fans of cult, off-kilter cinema."
‑ Adam Lowes, HeyUGuys
"It presents a world in which refusing a pint has violent consequences, high spirits quickly curdle, and an unspoken homoerotic undertow gets ever more disturbing."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"There is queasy undercurrent of sentimental kindness and indulgence beneath the violence."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A Conradian parable of a man succumbing to the wild, the film is remarkable for its raw, pointed dithe suggests, and you'll find the beast concealed behind the mask of propriety."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
""Wake in Fright" is true horror."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Blends staged re-enactments with documentary footage of senseless slaughter to extremely distressing effect."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Forms a neatly symmetrical, perfectly Kafkaesque narrative. This way madness lies . . ."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Perhaps slightly schematic in charting the descent of man, but it induces a sweat that's hard to wash off."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""Wake in Fright" is a monster movie, and the monster is us."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Brilliantly directed by Kotcheff, the film has the disorienting and menacing quality of Joseph Losey films such as Accident and The Servant."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"derives its brand of feral menace not from monsters, masked killers, or any of the other avatars of conventional horror, but rather from a sober-eyed perspective on a society reeling under the malign influence of its own basest impulses."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"The kindness of strangers has never seemed more terrifying than in this dusty, sun-bleached masterpiece, now stunningly restored."
‑ Lewis Porteous, The Skinny
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