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High Rolling (1977)

highrolling1Fun loving sideshow worker Tex (a womanising American) and boxer Alby (a shy and quiet Australian) meet at a North Queensland carnival and head South in a quest for thrills.

First they hitch a ride with a homosexual mob drug dealer (John Clayton) who tries to get sexy with Alby. The boxer knocks him out and our heroes steal his (substantial) wad of cash and souped-up Corvette.

Then they pick up fifteen-year-old hitchhiker Lynn (Judy Davis in her first screen gig) who’s on her way to join a commune, party with sexy nightclub singers Sugar and Spice (Sandra MacGregor and Wendy Hughes), turn to robbery when their money runs out and try to evade being nabbed by both the police and an understandably vengeful Arnold.

highrolling3It’s an enjoyable (if untaxing) road movie with a pleasing chemistry between the roguish Bottoms (brother of Timothy) and the more subdued Taylor, and gorgeous Australian scenery.

And it all ends with a car chase. What’s not to like . . .

Released in the US as High Rolling in a Hot Corvette. The theme song provided a chart hit for Aussie superstars Sherbet.

Texas
Joseph Bottoms
Alby
Grigor Taylor
Lynn
Judy Davis
Barbie
Wendy Hughes
Susie
Sandra McGregor
Arnold
John Clayton
Bus Driver
Peter Cummins

Director
Igor Auzins

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