Dead End Drive-In

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Main Details

  • Released in 1986
  • Color
  • Running Time: 88 min
  • Production Co: New South Wales Film Corp. | Springvale Productions
  • Distribution Co: Greater Union Organisation (GUO) (1986) (Australia) (theatrical) | New World Pictures (1986) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
  • Written by Peter Carey, Peter Smalley
  • Starring Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford
  • Produced by Damien Parer, Andrew Williams
  • Original Music by Frank Strangio
  • Cinematography by Paul Murphy
  • Film Editing by Alan Lake, Lee Smith

Plot Summary

  • In the future, a health nut and his tag-along girlfriend become trapped in a drive-in theater that has become a concentration camp for outcast youths, who are placated with new wave music, junk food, drugs, exploitation movies, and racism.

Also Known As

  • Crabs.. die Zukunft sind wir (Germany)
  • Dead End (USA) (short title)
  • Le Drive in de l'enfer (France)
  • Escalation (Germany)


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