Wake in Fright
Wake in Fright (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 5, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
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Consensus: A disquieting classic of Australian cinema, Wake in Fright surveys a landscape both sun-drenched and ruthlessly dark.

Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Several decades later, it still chills.

Kathy Fennessy
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

So, it's a good film and an important one, but it's no walk in the park despite a fair number of funny lines

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

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.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Wake in Fright" is true horror.

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Cole Smithey

"Wake In Fright" is a masterpiece of energized social satire.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

"Wake in Fright" is a monster movie, and the monster is us.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

This movie gets under your skin.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
An educated teacher stuck in an backward Aussie Outback town learns about beer drinking, gambling, beer drinking, hunting kangaroos, beer drinking and… More
Stella Dallas
this was a blast
Lucas Martins
A shocking, brutal and jaw dropping portrait of Australia, insanity, social horror and the battles of human soul. Fresh.
Pierluigi Puccini
The australian outback shown as a gigantic prison. A claustrophobic and asphyxiating no man's land where only the strong can survive. And no matter how far… More
Nicki Marie
Pretty grin viewing. Also a bit of animal cruelty which makes it hard to stomach. Not a bad 70's drama, but once was more than enough for me.
Walter M.
In "Wake in Fright," John Grant(Gary Bond), a schoolteacher, is looking forward to the Christmas holidays more than anything else. This will give him… More