|Directed by||Brian Trenchard-Smith|
|Produced by||Brian Trenchard-Smith|
|Screenplay by||Michael Cove|
|Story by||Brian Trenchard-Smith|
|Music by||Peter Martin|
|Edited by||Ron Williams|
D.L. Taffner (Australia)
|16 December 1976|
|Box office||A$30,000 (Australia)|
Steve and Rodney are two ex-Vietnam commandos who do stunt work for television. They are hired by the government to raid the island stronghold of a Filipino racketeer and secure papers from his safe. The two men make the raid and escape using a hang-glider.
- John Hargreaves as Steve Hall
- Grant Page as Rodney Cann
- Margaret Gerard as Julia Hall
- Noel Ferrier as Mr Culpepper
- Judith Woodroffe as Gloria
- Ralph Cotterill as uncivil servant
- John Krumme as Anticore director
- Drew Forsythe as battle director
- Brian Trenchard-Smith as hit and run director
- Michael Aitkens as police driver
- Roger Ward as police sergeant
- Wallas Eaton as police sergeant
- Dale Aspin as lady car driver
- Peter Collingwood as Mr Langham
- Chris Haywood as butcher
- Ann Semler as Lina
- Max Aspin as bank robber
- David Bracks as bank robber
- Reg Evans as army sergeant
- Vincent Ball as naval intelligence officer
The film was funded by the Australian Film Commission, Channel 9 and D.L. Taffner. It was intended to be a pilot for a TV series that could be shown theatrically in Australia and sold to television outside.
It was shot in 16mm and blown up to 35mm for theatrical release. Trenchard Smith had worked with stuntman Grant Page several times and gave him his first lead role here. He also cast his wife, Margaret Gerard, as the female lead.
The film performed disappointingly in Australia theatrically. It had a presale to Channel Nine for $50,000, overseas sales of $40,000 and local rentals of $30,000, so made $120,000. In 1979 Trenchard-Smith was still confident the film would be profitable.
(In 1977 Antony I. Ginnane claimed the film netted $130,000 in overseas sales.)
On Rotten Tomatoes, Andrew L. Urban of Urban Cinefile positively commented "nobody in their right minds would do it again, not with real actors today not even with stuntmen. Unmissable!"
- Richard Brennan, 'Brian Trenchard-Smith', Cinema Papers, Dec-Jan 1979-80 p 601
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p 307
- David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p266
- Antony I. Ginnane, "The Australians at Cannes", Cinema Papers July 1977 p33