Music directorEric Jupp Produced byLee Robinson, Joy Cavill CountryAustralia
CastEd Devereaux (Matt Hammond), Tony Bonner (Jerry King), Garry Pankhurst (Sonny), Kevin Miles (Meredith) Release date12 December 1969 Based onstory by Ross Napier WriterRoss Napier (story), Lee Robinson (screenplay) Related Lee Robinson moviesLee Robinson directed The Intruders and The Phantom Stockman, Lee Robinson directed The Intruders and Walk Into Paradise, Lee Robinson directed The Intruders and King of the Coral Sea, Lee Robinson directed The Intruders and The Stowaway
Skippy and the intruders 1969 full movie
The Intruders (also known as Skippy and the Intruders) is a 1969 Australian film directed by Lee Robinson. It is a spin-off of the popular Skippy the Bush Kangaroo TV series.
A gang of criminals led by Meredith is looking for sunken treasure off Mallacoota, pretending to be diving for abalone. Sonny, son of Matt Hammond, the Chief Ranger of Waratah National Park, investigates with their family friend, Clancy. Sonny and Clancy are kidnapped. Skippy comes to the rescue. After a speedboat chase and a fight in the sand dunes, Meredith is captured.
Ed Devereaux as Matt Hammond
Tony Bonner as Jerry King
Ken James as Mark
Garry Pankhurst as Sonny
Liza Goddard as Clancy
Ron Graham as Yordan
Jeanie Drynan as Meg
Kevin Miles as Meredith
Jack Hume as Curtis
Jeff Ashby as Graigoe
George Assang as Sigigi
John Unicomb as Bernie
Mike Dawkins as Scott
Filming began in October 1968 using the same crew and locations as the TV series. Additional location shooting was done at Mallacoota in Victoria, some 470 km south of the fictional Waratah National Park (Ku-ring-gai Chase) and in Sydney.
The film failed to match the popularity of the TV series and was not a box office success. John McCallum later claimed they:
Got the money back on the film but we thought it would be a bigger success in the cinema. If they could see it for nothing at home, the Mums and Dads weren't too keen to take the kids and pay at the cinema. We sold it to the Children's Film Foundation in England and they did well with it. They cut it down to a 60-minute version and played in Saturday mornings in the cinemas.