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The Cars That Ate Paris [DVD]

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  • Actors: Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully, Max Gillies
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Writers: Peter Weir, Keith Gow, Piers Davies
  • Producers: Hal McElroy, Jim McElroy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009W355
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,633 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Peter Weir's critically acclaimed first film is a surreal and fantastic horror. On the outskirts of the small town of Paris, cars crash with alarming regularity. Arthur survives one such accident and becomes a prisoner of the town of Paris, although he's unaware of his predicament as the town has provided him with a surrogate family. But the crashes are not accidents; the townspeople have been laying traps for the passing traffic and the dead are disposed of while the injured are stored for mdeical experimentation. Paris lives off cars but these same cars begin to take revenge.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
** spoilers **

The Cars that Ate Paris is a delightfully twisted black comedy about a godforsaken isolated Australian township where the citizens eek out a wretched living by luring passing motorists into crashes and then recycling the cars' bits along with their dead owners' possessions. Very occasionally someone survives the crash and is allowed to live and become part of the community. Enter our rather feeble hero Arthur, to whom the mayor of Paris takes a paternal shine!

Populated by some hilariously grotesque characters (check out the very young Bruce Spence and chuckle at his fatal run-in with the vicar!), there are many laugh-out-loud moments throughout the film. There is one bit - just after the round of applause at the ball, which you will probably hate yourself for laughing at - you'll know what I mean when you see it!

The real stars though are, of course, the cars. Gotta love that spiky VW!

The only downside is that the brilliant action scenes are a long time a-comin and, if you're not so interested in the bizarre characters and witty dialogue, you may find it all a bit tedious. Anyone who liked the Mad Max trilogy should enjoy this, but don't expect action from start to finish.

My favourite bit? Arthur ecstatically declaring "I CAN DRIVE!" after mashing someone to a pulp in a hellish game of dodgems!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Oswald on 23 Nov 2012
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Peter Weir was about 12 when he directed this film and what a disturbingly brilliant film he ended up making.
In fact this was his first major movie, obviously a great director in the making as the film was made on a shoe-string
budget somewhere in the Australian outback in the mid seventies. The film centers on a small village named Paris in the middle of no where.
Odd things happen in this dead-end one horse town, very odd things indeed and the people are not only sinister but almost vulture-esque in their
attitude to hapless drivers who are forced off the road down a hill to finish up either dead or lying wounded bleeding and strapped to a doctor's
surgery table in dreary surroundings. Interested? Not everyone's entertainment, I agree, but the film develops interestingly when a couple of
down and outs try heading towards Paris. After being forced off the road, one dies, one survives and the consequences are dramatic to say the least.
This is a very well thought out story. It would be a brilliant re-make but only if Peter Weir were at the helm. Remember, this film was partially financed
by The Australian National Film board and a partially by a 12 year old's pocket money so there isn't much in the bank for Avatar style special effects.
In fact CGI meant absolutely nothing in 1974 when the film was made. The film is crude, raw often spartan, but that is why it is so brilliant.
For the record I was 12 when this film came out and although an "X" certificate managed to sneak into a cheap cinema in Croydon to watch it with a few mates.
It made an impression on me then and it made an impression on me 6 months ago when I watched it for only a second time. 6 out of 10 cats will dislike the film,
2 out of ten will detest it but 2 out of 10 will love it. Which cat are you going to be?
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I would love to give this film five stars but for the cheesy 1970s film scoring that sometimes gets in the way and ruins it with those "ooooohh" factor special sounds that were so popular. Besides that, this is probably the most original, disturbing, and bizarre film I've seen in years-----and it was made in 1974!

I'd never heard of this and came upon it by accident. Man, my head nearly blew off! What a, pardon, wild ride! This movie is like a cross between O LUCKY MAN, MAD MAX, and BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK. Without giving too much away, it's about a town called "Paris" in Australia, which is about as out of the way and backwards as you'd imagine. All kinds of strange car accidents happen just outside town, and we get bits for foreshadowing as to what the place is all about with typical Peter Weir (writer) fashion. Little things: a drill in a surgeon's locker, ominious medical equipment strewn about offices. Later we find out that those who are almost dead or are dead are experimented on. No, not giving anything away here.

And if you think that's strange, just wait, it gets even better.

As I said, the only thing that marred this for me, aside from some bad acting and obvious advertising promotions that somebody slipped somebody else for (coke anyone?), the film was great. Wish someone would update this with a new score and some songs from "The Clash" or "Hootie and the Blowfish." That would make this movie rock.

You've got to see O LUCKY MAN if you haven't as it reminded me in places of this movie. Not a short film but a great one nevertheless.
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