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Bullseye (1987 film)

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Director  Carl Schultz
Language  English
4.8/10 IMDb

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Country  Australia
Bullseye (1987 film) movie poster
Writer  Robert Wales, Bob Ellis
Release date  1987

Bullseye 26 1987


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Bullseye is an Australian comedy adventure film directed by Carl Schultz.

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The movie is also known as The Trailblazer, Trailblazer, Outback and Birdsville.

Bullseye 25 1987


Plot

In the 1860s, two friends, Harry and Bluey, steal a thousand head of cattle and trek it across country from Queensland to Adelaide.

Cast

  • Paul Goddard as Harry Walford
  • Kathryn Walker as Lily Boyd
  • John Wood as Bluey McGurk
  • Paul Chubb as Don Mckenzie
  • Lynette Curran as Dora Mckenzie
  • Bruce Spence as Purdy
  • David Slingsby as Spence
  • John Meillon as Merritt
  • Kerry Walker as Mrs Gootch
  • Rhys McConnochie as Judge
  • Production

    Robert Wales' script was originally called Trailblazer. It was based on the cattle drive of Harry Readford, known as Captain Starlight, which inspired the novel Robbery Under Arms. PBL Productions, then an offshoot of the Nine Network, bought the script and at one stage Joan Long was going to produce with Peter Yeldham working on the script. Then Carl Schultz was hired as director and he wanted to turn it into a comedy, so Yeldham left the project. PBL formed a partnership with Dumbarton Films who had worldwide marketing rights to the film.

    The two leads were inexperienced: Kathryn Walker was an architecture student doing some modelling and Paul Goddard had only been in one small role.

    The movie was shot on location in the Australian outback, with the town of Bourke standing in for Roma, and studio scenes shot at Mort Bay studios in Balmain, Sydney. Shooting finished on 14 November 1985.

    Release

    Hoyts wanted to release the film but Dumbarton held up the release hoping for a Hollywood major to handle the film in the same way as Crocodile Dundee. This did not eventuate and the film was not released until two years after it was made. It was not a financial success.

    One critic wrote that "the film is entertaining in its contrived absurdity but lacks any substance behind the comic set ups." However David Stratton called the film "hugely entertaining".

    Home Media

    Bullseye was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in January 2011. The DVD is compatible with all region codes.

    References

    Bullseye (1987 film) Wikipedia
    Bullseye (1987 film) IMDb Bullseye (1987 film) themoviedb.org


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