Don's Party (1982)





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Early in his career, Australian director Bruce Beresford helmed Don's Party, which closely mirrors Shampoo in its basic premise and its edgy correlations between sex and politics. One pivotal election night, Don, played by John Hargreaves, throws a party for a group of friends, ostensibly so that everyone can watch the ballots roll in on television. But when booze is consumed in quantity, inhibitions are kicked downstairs. Particularly boorish under the influence of alcohol are Don's male friends, who indulge in a barrage of insulting verbal attacks on each other when they aren't trying to get each other's wives into bed. Unapologetically adult in its content and themes, Don's Party was adapted from a play by David Williamson; it marks one of the earliest classics of Australian New Wave cinema. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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John Hargreaves
as Don Henderson
Pat Bishop
as Jenny
Kit Taylor
as Evan
John Gorton
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Don's Party

All Critics (3)

Aussie version of 'The Big Chill'

January 5, 2005
Atlantic City Weekly

Don's Party reveals the silliness and immaturity of male bonding when it remains on the infantile level.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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July 23, 2005

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Full Review… | July 28, 2003

Audience Reviews for Don's Party


Interesting and depressing, what a bunch of fuckwits those typical Aussie chauvinists are. A bit unrealistic, men of that type do not usually have university degrees!

White Rabbit
White Rabbit

Don's Party shows that the most culturally specific of films can have universal appeal: it's a by all accounts very accurate portrayal of a certain time and place, but we can still recognize the attitudes and people. It's a key film of the Australian film revival of the 1970s, and it's still fresh and funny to this day.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

This must have been quite a daring film in 1976, it's rather daring even by today's standards. Heavy drama, but very well acted and has excellent character development.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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