Dogs in Space (1987)




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A dramatic story about a houseful of youth with no apparent purpose in life, this film features pounding rock music and attitude problems galore. The main setting is a rundown dwelling in an impoverished district near Melbourne, Australia, where conversations ebb, flow, and overlap much like the lives of the people who live there. Strangers also wander in and out of the premises as life continues, for some, more through an indestructible momentum than any internal driving force. Some of the young people go to school, others do nothing but party, and some take drugs. The police tolerate the residents of the house, even when they burn their television set. Sam (Michael Hutchence) and Anna (Saskia Post) are one of the couples that form among the residents, a mismatched pair whose actions lead to tragedy for Anna and an indictment against hard drugs. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
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Chris Haywood
as Chainsaw man
Deanna Bond
as The Girl
Tony Helou
as Luchio
Joe Camilleri
as Terry Toweling Man
Gary Foley
as Barry
Sharon Jeffop
as Leanne
Barbara Jungwirth
as Sam's Mother
Fiona Latham
as Barbara
Chuck Meo
as Charles
Peter Walsh
as Anthony
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Critic Reviews for Dogs in Space

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

A funny, elegiac, uplifting, and deliciously different movie.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The background is energetic; too bad the foreground is just as chaotic.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Richard Lowenstein seems as bored with the proceedings as most spectators are likely to be.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Energetic, youthful, frequently hilarious and ultimately so sad, Dogs in Space is an Australian counter-culture classic.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Cinema Autopsy

Few films connect with the punk experience like Dogs In Space, a slice of life in Seventies Melbourne that brings together all the major concerns of its era.

Full Review… | September 12, 2011
Eye for Film

An inspired, unremittingly entertaining musical....a bit of timeless pop for your player

Full Review… | June 11, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Dogs in Space

Somehow managed to never see this before, thought it was time I checked it out. Story (and I use that word lightly) is about a group of young people living in a share house (maybe I mean squat, since no one actually pays rent). It just flows along until a tragedy at the end. No huge story to it. I wouldn't say it is fantastic, but I can see why those who grew up with it would love it. Never really liked Michael hutchence or inxs, so that wasn't a factor for me.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Forget Suburbia and even Sid & Nancy. This is the best movie about punk rock ever made. The soundtrack introducted me to Iggy Pop and Gang of Four. But even if I wasn't wildly nostalgic for 8th grade (and maybe continuing to harbor somewhat of a Michael Hutchence crush) I think the movie would still hold up on the merit of its pure earnestness.

lucy jones
lucy jones

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