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Smash Palace

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Genres: Thriller
Starring: Bruno Lawrence, Anna Jemison, Greer Robson, Keith Aberdein
Director: Roger Donaldson
Plot Synopsis:

Premiering at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, Smash Palace was Roger Donaldson's second feature following the success of Sleeping Dogs, a film which had heralded the arrival of the New Zealand New Wave.

Smash Palace concerns itself with the marriage of former racing driver Al (Bruno Lawrence, The Quiet Earth) and French-born Jacqui (Anna Jemison, Nomads). The pair had met when she nursed him back to health following a career-ending injury. They married, returned to Al s native New Zealand to take over his late father s wrecking yard business the Smash Palace of the title and had a child. But over time stagnation has set in, Jacqui s resentment of Al has grown, and things are threatening to spill over...

Playing out as a darker, more haunting New Zealand variation on such US separation movies as Kramer vs. Kramer or Shoot the Moon, Smash Palace offers a brilliant, vivid messy portrait of masculinity in crisis, driven by Lawrence s immense central performance once again confirming his status as one of New Zealand s finest actors.

  • Release Details
    MPAA Rating: R
    Movie Release Year: 1981
    Release Country: United States
  • Technical Specs
    Length:108 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.75:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH
    Special Features:Commentary by writer-director Roger Donaldson and stunt driver Steve MillenThe Making of Smash Palace, a 51-minute documentary on the film s production featuring interviews with Donaldson, actor Keith Aberdein, filmmaker Geoff Murphy and othersTheatrical trailer