WriterSonia Borg, Tony Morphett Release date1987 Based onnovel Numunwari by Grahame Webb ScreenplayTony Morphett, Sonia Borg, Stephen Cross CastJohn Jarratt (Steve Harris), Nikki Coghill (Cathy Pope), Max Phipps (John Besser), Burnham Burnham (Oondabund), David Gulpilil (Adjaral) Similar moviesCrocodile Dundee, Live and Let Die, Octopussy, Romancing the Stone, Wild Things, Crocodile Dundee II
TaglineDeath is only one bite away.
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Dark Age is a 1987 Australian horror adventure film directed by Arch Nicholson, produced by Antony I. Ginnane and starring John Jarratt.
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Steve Harris (John Jarratt) is a ranger who has been assigned to deal with a massive saltwater crocodile that's been attacking and killing people in the Northern Territory. He finds himself at odds with the local Aborigines, who believe the crocodile should be preserved since it contains the spirit of their past. Steve must develop a plan to respect the wishes of the Aborigines and also protect the residents threatened by the crocodile.
John Jarratt as Steve Harris
Nikki Coghill as Cathy Pope
Max Phipps as John Besser
Burnam Burnam as Oondabund
David Gulpilil as Adjaral
Ray Meagher as Rex Garret
Jeff Ashby as Mac Wilson
Paul Bertram as Jackson
The film was part of a two-picture deal between executive producer Antony I. Ginnane and Hollywood studio RKO which also included The Lighthorsemen. Shooting took place five weeks in Cairns and one week in Alice Springs, starting 22 April 1986.
The movie was never seen in Australia theatrically and took a long time to be seen on DVD.
Despite no approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently, the film has a 39% Audience Score. Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews gave a positive review, calling the film "well-produced and acted, and an intelligent environmental adventure film results."
Quentin Tarantino spoke enthusiastically of the film in the documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!, commenting "You could re-release Dark Age in 2,000 screenings and people would go see it." In 2009, Tarantino hosted a screening for it in Sydney.