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Red Hill [DVD]
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on 14 May 2017
Not an American western, but an Australian one. It is very much a cross between 'High Plains Drifter' and 'Valdez is Coming'. Very good acting. Great direction. The story line as fairly predictable early on in the film, but still a good film to watch. Well worth the money and will watch again. RJC.
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on 5 July 2017
A good view
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on 22 August 2017
good film
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 July 2015
Modern western red hill.
Revenge rides into town of red hill when convicted murderer Jimmy Conway (tom e lewis) escapes from jail and returnes to the outpost town hunting down the cops who sent him away for life. Enter police officer Shane cooper (ryan kwanten) whose first day on the job quickly turns into a nightmare as he is caught in the middle of what will become a terrifying and bloody confrontation Cooper will be forced to take the law into his own hands if he is to survive. Like all best westerns it's true monsters remain cloaked until the final reel this was filmed in Australia 97 mins approx contains strong bloody violence and language.
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on 18 April 2015
Great film....Ryan Kwanten has come along way from Aussie soaps. Recommend.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 3 December 2013
Red Hill is written and directed by Patrick Hughes. It stars Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tom E. Lewis and Claire van der Boom. Music is by Dmitri Golovko and cinematography by Tim Hudson.

Young city cop Shane Cooper (Kwanten) gets a transfer to Red Hill, a place he hopes is a quiet enough town for himself and his pregnant wife to successfully raise a family. But his arrival at work coincides with the escape from prison of aborigine Jimmy Conway (Lewis), who is heading into town with revenge firmly on his mind.

Jimmy Conway has escaped and he's bringing hell into town.

Utterly splendid Neo-Western out of Australia. For his feature film debut, Patrick Hughes has crafted a loving homage to the Western genre whilst also imbuing his film with its own suspenseful blood. Blending Ozploitaton thriller values with Western genre staples of the past, Red Hill unspools on narrative terms as a gritty and rugged revenge piece.

Red Hill the town is fronted by gruff sheriff Old Bill (Bisley), he leads a pack of scuzzy characters who consider it their town and god help anyone who stands in their way. Into this maelstrom comes fresh faced Shane Cooper (yes the name is Alan Ladd and High Noon purposely spliced together), a genuine and honest copper harnessing a tragedy as well as a moral code that's not for shaking.

After quickly finding out that Old Bill is lacking in human graces, Shane finds himself coming face to face with Conway, who is all the horsemen of the apocalypse rolled into one. Face badly scarred and adorned with weapons and duster, Conway seems to have supernatural resources to go with his expert tracking skills and knowledge of the surrounding outback terrain (so think High Plains Drifter & Chato's Land then).

How come, though, that as he callously goes about killing off members of the scuzzy crew, each time he meets up with Shane, who is in full tilt survival mode, Conway refuses to kill Shane? And just what is that symbolic Panther doing stalking the edges of the landscape? One and the same, perhaps? It will of course all be revealed, and in truth it's no great surprise, the beauty is in how Hughes has toyed with our perceptions about Conway, this in turn makes for a cracker-jack finale.

Performances are superbly in tune with the material, Cooper, Lewis and Bisley really manage to steer their respective characters away from being histrionic or cartoonish. Musically it features stabs of delightful grungy rock blending in with Golovko's mournfully ironic score. The widescreen photography is most interesting, in that there's often smart shifting between a washed out palette to emphasise the remoteness of the setting, to opened up capturing of the beautiful vistas (filmed on location in Omeo, Victoria). The Blu-ray is a must for anyone interested in the film.

The sparse location is matched by sparse dialogue, there is no need for extraneous conversations or pointless filler, Hughes knows what he is doing. It's made with love and respect to one of the finest of film genres, and hooray to that! 8/10
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on 29 September 2013
Walking cliche Shane is the new cop in town. He moves from the city because of his wife's blood pressure and ends up posted in Red Hill, a quiet, tiny town in the sticks.
But unfortunately for Shane, his sheer clichedness manages to rub off on everybody else and his surroundings and shortly after plodding into town, the new cop manages to not only irritate his rather old fashioned new boss, 'Old Bill' (played with suitable truculence by Bisley), but his arrival also happens to coincide with the escape of Jimmy Conway. A homicidal, disfigured, aborigine madman. Who has a vendetta against the town, and is hell bent on killing any people that stand in his way...

Aussie western comedy, which features plenty of silly characters and some violent action. The sounds of the firearms were a bit muted, which dulled the edge of some of the action. And of course this comes complete with the usual, repugnant Australian humour, which I might add, I have a great fondness for, but which also takes away any real menace. There are a few shoot outs, plenty of fun and a twist at the end, which is telegraphed mid way through. In the end it reminded me a little of Hot Fuzz, except slightly less played for laughs and more spaghetti western influenced. Oh and there's some wacky cryptozoological sub~plot involving a rogue panther (as opposed to a swan!), that may or may not be Jimmy's spirit guide.
Some have already mentioned The Proposition, The Tracker etc.. but fans of this antipodean sub genre should also check out Utu, Mad Dog Morgan and Wake In Fright.

The print on the Blu Ray disc is what you'd expect of a new film, with a making of documentary the most interesting of the extras.
3.5/5 rounded up.
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on 19 December 2012
My son recommended this DVD to me and I was not disappointed. The revenge storyline is good, though it is not as good as the film "Cape Fear" starring "Gregory Peck" and "Robert Mitchum" which was exceptional. Never the less I enjoyed this film and I am sure that many others have too, it is well worth purchasing. Good Storyline-Good Acting-Good Entertainment. Buy It!
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on 13 June 2017
Great Aussie movie. The packaging makes it look like a typical Western set in the 1800's, but no - it's a Western set in modern day country Victoria, Australia. And from my own personal experiences with both Victorian and New South Wales Police Services, this movie is pretty close to the way they operate.

The film is stuffed full of Western genre cliches, which work fabulously and make it great fun for lovers of Westerns. The use of locations and not pretty sets creates a sense of gritty realism equal to Sergio Leone classics. And the usual Aussie humour throughout adds to the fun. But when the violence starts, it's pretty ... um ... violent!!

All-in-all, a terrific movie that made me a wee bit homesick after 11 years living in the UK.
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on 9 July 2011
This Aussie movie got good reviews and I duly got suckered in by the hype ( for that is exactly what it is - hype).
This was a very formulaic "thriller" but the acting was OTT,the sound effects rubbish and the contrived circumstances riduculous.
In fact the award for most effort should go to the make-up person for the "baddies" physiog.
Maybe this is actually a comedy and I got it wrong - whatever; it was the type of thing my son and his pals could have improved on.
If you like movies don't buy this.
If you like Tosh - buy it - you will not be disappointed.
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