Run time: 106 mins
In Theaters: Monday 1st January 1979
Box Office Worldwide: $1.3M
Budget: $810 thousand
Distributed by: Cowboy Pictures
Production compaines: Australian Film Commission
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Fresh: 13 Rotten: 2
IMDB: 7.2 / 10
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Richard Chamberlain as David Burton, Olivia Hamnett as Annie Burton, David Gulpilil as Chris Lee (as Gulpilil), Frederick Parslow as Rev. Burton, Vivean Gray as Dr. Whitburn, Nandjiwarra Amagula as Charlie, Walter Amagula as Gerry Lee
I've never really understood the fascination with this film, widely heralded as a masterpiece from Peter Weir (more widely known now for The Truman Show). It's creepy to watch Chamberlain's David Burton get sucked deeper and deeper into a freaky end-of-the-world prophecy and a secret society living underground (half of which is revealed through dreams, with David bolting awake screaming, every 10 minutes), but drawing any kind of useful conclusion from the film is difficult. (And the nonstop didgeridoo music is enough to drive you crazy.) I've seen the movie a few times and continue to wonder what the point was supposed to be.
Criterion's DVD release does little to explain the film's mysteries, though an interview with Peter Weir reiterates that yes, this is merely a fantasy.