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Razorback (1983)


Mystery thriller set in the Australian outback, about a 500-kilogram feral razorback boar.

The boar attacks a lonely homestead near the outback town of Gamulla, wounding Jake Cullen (Bill Kerr) and making off with his infant grandson

The old man is put on trial for the murder of the baby. He is acquitted for lack of evidence but becomes obsessed with proving the creature exists and hunting it down.

American animal rights activist Beth Winters (Judy Morris) arrives in Gamulla to film a television report about the slaughter of kangaroos for pet food. Soon after being attacked by Benny (Chris Haywood) and Dicko Baker (David Argue), owners of the Pet Pak slaughterhouse, Beth falls victim to the razorback.

Beth’s Canadian husband, Carl (Gregory Harrison), travels to Gamulla to investigate.

Joining forces with Jake and animal researcher Sarah Cameron (Arkie Whiteley), Carl confronts the Baker brothers and hunts down the razorback.

Razorback was the feature debut of Russell Mulcahy, a young Australian who began shooting rock music clips in the mid-1970s and was established as one of the world’s leading makers of music videos by the early 80s.

Considering that the full-size animatronic razorback failed to work properly and is seen for only a couple of seconds, it’s a tribute to Mulcahy and his team that the film works as well as it does.

Carl Winters
Gregory Harrison
Beth Winters
Judy Morris
Sarah Cameron
Arkie Whiteley
Jake Cullen
Bill Kerr
John Howard
Benny Baker
Chris Haywood
Dicko Baker
David Argue
John Ewart
Don Smith
Mervyn Drake
Redmond Phillips
Louise Cullen
Beth Child
TV cowboy
Chris Hession
Angus Malone
Peter Boswell
Don Lane

Russell Mulcahy