Thunderstruck (2004 film)

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Thunderstruck
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Directed by Darren Ashton
Produced byAl Clark
Andrena Finlay
Barbara Gibbs
Jodi Matterson
Bjorg Veland
Written by Darren Ashton
Shaun Angus Hall
Starring Damon Gameau
Stephen Curry
Ryan Johnson
Callan Mulvey
Sam Worthington
Release date
8 September 2004 (2004-09-08)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish

Thunderstruck is a 2004 Australian film directed by Darren Ashton and starring Stephen Curry, Damon Gameau, Ryan Johnson, Callan Mulvey, and Sam Worthington. The title was taken from the AC/DC song of the same name. Its plot concerns five AC/DC fans who make a promise that if one of them died, the other four would have him buried next to grave of their idol, Bon Scott. When one of them dies, the remaining four embark on a road trip to fulfill their promise.

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Damon Gameau Australian actor

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Plot

Ben, Sonny, Lloyd, Sam and Ronnie are friends from Sydney who are all big fans of AC/DC. After a near death experience, the five make a pact that if one among them died the other four would be bury him next to the grave of their idol, the late AC/DC frontman, Bon Scott. Twelve years pass and the five friends have each gone their own ways. When Ronnie dies from being struck by a lightning bolt while playing golf, the remaining four unite and decide to fulfill the promise they made together long ago. They retrieve Ronnie's cremated remains and embark on a road trip to Fremantle (where Bon Scott's ashes were scattered) to scatter his ashes over Fremantle Cemetery.

Sydney Metropolis in Australia

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Cast

Callan Mulvey New Zealand-born Australian actor

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Sam Worthington Australian actor and writer

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Reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film has a score of 57% based on reviews from 7 critics, with an average 5.3/10 rating. [1]

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Box office

Thunderstruck grossed $908,294 at the box office in Australia. [2]

See also

Cinema of Australia

The Australian film industry had its beginnings with the 1906 production of The Story of the Kelly Gang, the earliest feature film ever made. Since then, Australian crews have produced many films, a number of which have received international recognition. Many actors and filmmakers started their careers in Australian films, a large number of whom have acquired international reputations, and a number of whom have found greater financial benefits in careers in larger film-producing centres, such as in the United States.

South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) is a South Australian Government statutory corporation established in 1972 to engage in film production and promote the film industry, located in Adelaide.

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References

  1. "Thunderstruck (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes . Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  2. Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office