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Don's Party [DVD] [1976] [US Import]

John Hargreaves , Pat Bishop , Bruce Beresford    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Hargreaves, Pat Bishop, Graham Kennedy, Veronica Lang, Ray Barrett
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: David Williamson
  • Producers: David Barrow, Phillip Adams
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IREI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,779 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don's Party - forgotten antipodean masterpiece 8 July 2006
Format:DVD
This is one of my all-time favourite films. It's an acutely-observed social comedy about a group of professionals at a barbecue on election night in 70s Australia. Anyone who can survive Abigail's will love Don's - it's wittier and covers more aspects of middle-class hypocrisy. There's a bit of tragedy hidden in there somewhere as the youthful dreams - political, social and sexual - of our characters come under the alcohol-fuelled microscope and are shown to have decayed. There are some good jokes, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Behind every suburban garden wall.... 14 Jun 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Don's Party, thankfully, turns more to tears, sex, argument and some painful home truths for this group of Australian suburbanites, in the 1970's. Don uses the General Election results on TV as an excuse to get his mates round, who all have 'interesting' wives.

Like many a similar escapade into the lower echelons of human civility, the sexual innuendos and chauvinism is flowing as fast as the wine and beer and the election results fast fade from our attention.

It's often hilarious, frequently bitter and with a fair amount of full nudity, male and female, not least of which stems from the "borrowing" of next door neighbour's swimming pool. Bruce Beresford's slinging attack on what everyday people say and do when inhibitions slip is as far a cry from Picnic at Hanging Rock as is possible.

I only use that as a reference because this film is one of the DVDs in my Australian Cinema Collection 12 disc boxset, as is 'Picnic at...' not because Beresford directed it. Beresford did direct a good number of Australia's most noted films - and not always for their quality, either. However, Don's Party is as good as this sort of adult sex comedy drama gets and could equally be set in the UK, US or indeed, anywhere. It's certainly one of Bruce's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 29 Dec 2011
By KJR
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This is a great film that hasn't dated in the way relationships between the sexes can develop. The story is of a party at the home of a 30-something teacher and his wife in Australia some 40 years ago, with a national election as the excuse for the party and the back-drop to it. The men all have too much to drink and disgrace themselves wonderfully. The ladies tolerate the increasingly bad behaviour of their menfolk less and less as the evening passes, and eventually start to behave badly themselves. There are some hilarious episodes and some fine acting. It is not for the prudish, however, for there is full frontal nudity and adult themes throughout.

I watched this many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I came upon it recently I bought it hoping for the same belly laughs that I had enjoyed when I first saw it. I wasn't disappointed. I can recommend this film to anyone who likes Australian humour and a good laugh.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 20 Feb 2014
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Puerile and disappointing. Not what I expected, perhaps I should have read the reviews more carefully, but thought it would have been more subtle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure carnage. 25 Aug 2013
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Don's Party gets off to a slow start, but it is not long before the personalities start to clash with some hilarious results. There is also some tentative and not so tentative seduction that goes on.

The conversations and action are no holes barred, but there is less profanity than I expected and the lustful behaviour did not seem out of place. In fact I can honestly say that I have been to some fairly similar parties albeit with a younger age group.

The genius of this production is that it manages to throw together a group of tragic characters, makes things even worse for them, yet you feel that they are all going to be better off in the end. I loved the honesty of the male/female interaction when everyone is a little intoxicated. There is a lot of uncertainty as to whether the characters frustrations and desires will get the better of them and what will happen if they do, all very well acted out.

Whilst I think this is a brilliant film it isn't going to suit every one. It is a middle class party and if you have not at least been to university you are going to struggle to relate to the character types, and may find some of the decandent behaviour too incredible.

I'm struggling to think of any other screen drama to compare it with, because it is much more typical of stage theatre.
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