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Shame

 (30)
6.91 h 30 min198818+
Asta Cadell, a lawyer traveling through the Australian Outback on holiday, stops in a small Western Australian town after her motorcycle breaks down and shacks up with Tim Curtis, the local mechanic, while fixing it. She then becomes involved in helping Curtis' teenage daughter, Lizzie, who has been recently date-raped by Danny Fiske, the son of a wealthy, well-known citizen and his gang.
Directors
Steve Jodrell
Starring
Deborra-Lee FurnessTony BarrySimone Buchanan
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Producers
Paul D. BarronDamien Parer
Studio
Barron Entertainment
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4.2 out of 5 stars

30 global ratings

  1. 60% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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Silly The KidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not as good or affecting as it could be.
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Shame is about a female barrister whose motorbike breaks down in possibly the worst small town in Australia. Taking refuge with a family while waiting for spare parts to arrive, a traumatic personal experience and talking to other women in town uncovers a disturbingly sexist culture there. Basically, a large group of young men think they can get away with treating the female population like cattle, with unwanted overtures and lascivious remarks even ending in sexual assault sometimes. Needless to say, our new arrival isn't too happy with this situation and tries to change things... but with some very powerful people against her and a whole system of deniability in full effect, this won't be easy.

If Shame succeeds in one thing, it's giving us possibly the most hateful selection of misanthropic bozos to ever fester together in a single place. Look at these boozed-up losers, hanging around in pubs all day catcalling unwilling women that have more class in their little fingers than the entire worthless lot combined. From the very first second, we can't wait for these pigs to finally get their comeuppance. And when that great moment finally arrives, the emotional catharsis afterwards might fool you into thinking you've watched a good movie.

You haven't. The plot is too cluttered, the baddies too one-note, the acting from at least some of the cast isn't convincing enough. And for a film with such a serious subject matter, that could be a fatal flaw. Thankfully, one of those dodgy performances doesn't come from our lawyer protagonist, who just about holds everything together whilst everything else descends into absolute anarchy. It's probably worth one watch, but there was the potential here to create something truly special. As the title suggests, it's a shame. 5/10
SlowlycatchymonkeyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good
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It’s a blast from the past with the 80’s styling and overt sexism.
It’s not a cheery feel good film so don’t watch it if your after sunshine and rainbows.
It’s gritty and doesn’t have the typical Hollywood ending.
Didn’t expect to enjoy it due to the films age but I did.
Wish it wasn’t relevant today but shamIng still happens and painting rape victims as slags, whores or simply willing participants is still a go to defence that repeatedly lets perpetrators off the hook and prevents women seeking justice.
Deborra Lee Furness is surprisingly good as the kickass motorbike riding hero.
It has the slow build of an old school film, made before they worked out how many hits per minutes a movie goer should have so you’re not bombarded with fight scene, chase scene, fight scene, sad scene ooh time for another chase scene, it makes for a refreshing change.
Trevor M. HoreReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Apathy in the Outback
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Filmed in Western Australia, "Shame" is the story of one woman's fight for justice against a society where men rule and women are treated as playthings for their enjoyment.
Asta (Deborra-Lee Furness)is a city barrister taking a break from urban stress by taking off into the countryside on her high powered motorcycle. After an accident leaves her stranded in a small town awaiting spare parts for the bike to arrive,she begins to notice strange undercurrents amongst the townspeople. The men (not many of whom seem to have jobs) spend their time either drinking in the local pub or hooning around town in hotted up cars,while the women go around with a strange fearful nature. It's clear who rules here.
Asta befriends a young girl, Lizzie (Simone Buchanan) the daughter of the local mechanic,whom she discovers has been raped by six of the local lads. A kangaroo shooter's daughter has also suffered the same fate but no-one including the local police seem interested.
After an attempt on Asta herself (in which she fights back injuring several of her attackers) meets with apathy and even congratulations amongst the men (and police) she decides to fight for justice on behalf of Lizzie and the others. She persuades Lizzie to lay charges which provokes the boys to turn violent. Several carloads descend on the garage and a violent fight ensues in which Lizzie's father is badly beaten and Lizzie abducted with tragic consequences.
With original music by Mario Millo and some great scenery,this is a powerful and thought provoking film made in the late '80s but still relevant today. Another great Aussie movie!
Reviewed by Trevor H (from Australia).
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amigoporlavidaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
well worth a watch
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Definitely a movie in front of the curve
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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very sad but I fear true.
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fharpeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't bother it's rubbish!
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This movie is RUBBISH and not worth watching - total waste of valuable time
darkangelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Loved this film.
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joanrocksReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 August 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
shame its not been released on dvd!
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i first saw this film on tv it brilliant and well acted,ive wanted to buy it for ages but couldnt find it ,found it last week on vhs and was as i rememberd it very thought provokeing just wish you could get it on dvd.i have given this film 5 stars and would recomend it to anyone who likes thought provokeing well acted films.
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