Backlash (1987)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Police Drama  |   Release Date - Aug 26, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The "hero" of the Australian Backlash is foul-mouthed, racist/sexist cop David Argue. As punishment for his many infractions, Argue is ordered to escort female aboriginal prisoner Lydia Miller to the Outback, where she is to stand trial for murdering the man who sodomized her. Also along for the ride is ardently feminist policewoman Gia Carides. When their car breaks down en route, the three disparate types begin to grow closer. By and by, Argue and Carides become convinced of Miller's innocence, and set about to trap the real culprit. Though very cheaply produced (it was filmed in 16mm and blown up to 35mm for theatrical distribution), Backlash scores on the sincerity and conviction of its actors and the enthusiasm of its first-time director Bill Bennett.



escort, murder, name-clearing, Outback, police-officer