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|WARM NIGHTS ON A SLOW MOVING TRAIN (director/writer: Bob Ellis; screenwriter: Denny Lawrence; cinematographer: Yuri Sokol; editor: Tim Lewis; music: Peter Sullivan; cast: Wendy Hughes (Girl), Lewis Fitz-Gerald (Brian), Norman Kaye (Saleasman), Colin Friels (Man), John Clayton (Football Coach), Rod Zuanic (Young Soldier), Chris Haywood (Stationmaster), Grant Tilly (Politician), Peter Whitford (Steward), Steven J. Spears (Singer), Peter Sullivan (Piano-playing steward); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Patric Juillet/Ross Dimsey; Prism Entertainment Corporation; 1988-Australia)|
|"It works as a showcase for
Hughes, who gets a chance to show off her acting chops."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
There's a lot of action going down on the weekend night
express train run from Melbourne to Sydney, as a regular daytime weekday Catholic girls' school
Hughes) moonlights by turning tricks on the train and
being the woman her client desires by changing costumes, personalities
and identities to please each trick. The foxy lady operates with her
own set of rules: the men
must exit her cabin by 3am and no romance the next morning.
We will later learn that the teach turns tricks to get the needed funds to pay for the morphine
used by her addicted wheel-chair bound brother Brian (Lewis
Fitz-Gerald), a once
promising athlete whose career was damaged by an accident.
Things pick up steam when one of the passengers (Colin
Friels) has an alternate reason for seeing the prostitute
with the heart of gold: he wants to use her for a political
assassination of an evil politician. Her dilemma is that the money
offered for the job would solve her financial problems.
It works as a showcase for Hughes, who gets a chance to
show off her acting chops; but as a whole the film doesn't work, as the
long train ride of a pic becomes tedious. It only works in parts (like
relating her hooker talents to a despondent salesman played by Norman
Kaye and to the disillusioned
football coach played by John Clayton).
Bob Ellis ("The
Kid") directs this
fine cast, and keeps the episodic tale from derailing--which is quite
an accomplishment. The screenplay by Ellis and Denny
Lawrence, though well written, has a moral story that defies belief, a
moral dilemma that seems forced and is further undermined by the
political contrivances. One can
also quibble that Hughes took the sexy role with the stipulation she
does not show flesh, which got the ire of Ellis and also perhaps of
the male viewers.
REVIEWED ON 10/18/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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