Shaker Run

Shaker Run - 1985

Laurelwood/Aviscom/Mirage - 90 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 787364444298; 090098013396; 787364444496; 9418212012314

Cast: Cliff Robertson, Leif Garrett, Lisa Harrow, Shane Briant, Peter Rowell, Peter Hayden, Ian Mune.
Crew: Screenplay: James Kouf Jnr, Henry Fownes, Bruce Morrison; Photography: Kevin Hayward; Editors: Ken Zemke, Bob Richardson; Music: Stephen McCurdy; Producers: Larry Parr, Igo Kantor; Director: Bruce Morrison.

A seasoned stunt-car driver and his mechanic are finding things at low ebb in Dunedin. In return for needed cash they agree to provide transport to Clyde for a woman who, unbeknownst to them, is carrying a virus she has stolen. The baddies spring a surprise attack at the Clyde Dam and the trio finds themselves on a high speed chase up the South Island in their Pontiac Trans-Am. The scenery is the star of this film with location shots in Dunedin, Queenstown, Blenheim among others.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: C

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As of 01 June, 2012, a PAL R0 DVD version is available for about $10nz from New Zealand sources. It is presented in its original 1.33:1 format with a 2.0 DD Stereo English soundtrack. There are no subtitles or extras.

New R1 NTSC DVD copies are found within a two disc set titled, WILD RIDES. This set of four "B" movies sells for about $6us. It is also available separately for about $5us. Used NTSC copies can be occationally located for about $5us. It is presented in its original 1.33:1 format with 2.0 stereo sound.

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An All Regions NTSC DVD-R that is stated to be Digitally Remastered, is available from Amazon US for about $10. I have not seen this version, so I cannot comment on its quality.

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"We were trying within a sort of comic- book, fast- moving style for as much reality as possible, so it was fast- for- fast and stunts- for- real. We were also after a general certificate, so I had much pleasure in expunging most blood, violence (except auto- violence) and overt sex. It made me feel quite wholesome" - (Bruce Morrison in,1985 London Film Festival programme)

Stunt-drivers Robertson and Garrett help scientist Harrow keep new weapon from bad guys. Which is nothing more than an excuse for a classy car chase movie with a lot of spectacular stunts. One for the little boys, and quite efficient on that level, although the patronizing American attitude towards New Zealanders can irritate. (Nicholas Reid - 'A Decade of New Zealand Film').

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