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One weak link,
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This review is from: Wake in Fright (1971) ( Outback ) (Blu-Ray) (Blu-ray)
This wonderful 1971 film is viscerally intense. The performance Donald Pleasence gives is one of his finest and you are reminded what a raw talent he was. Chips Rafferty is magnificent in the film also. However, there is one weak link that prevents this film being up there with the greatest films. That weak link is Gary Bond. His posh accent grates and he gives a very wooden performance. He is the modern day equivalent of the tall, blond and posh accented actor from Spooks, who you wonder how they ever got the part (a little research brings nepotism to light). Take for example when Gary Bond plays pool in the film. As he stands, he drums his fingers against the cue, in an attempt to look relaxed and real. But it is awkward and mannered. He is one of those actors who is so dull and not in the moment, that you realise it is not the blame of the director, because a director doesn't have time, nor perhaps the skill, to teach acting. The blame is squarely with the producers who obviously insisted on using Gary Bond as he was a well known TV star at the time. But in doing so, you realise how pathetic and weak most producers are, because this excellent film could be a classic, up there with the greatest, if it wasn't for the producers being so disappointingly typical of not very imaginative people, who don't make good choices.