Starlight Hotel

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This imported period drama from New Zealand plays like a Down Under version of Paper Moon (1973). During the Great Depression, Kate (Greer Robson) is a 13-year-old girl living on New Zealand's South Island. When her mother dies and her father is offered a job in Wellington on North Island, Kate is sent to live with an aunt. The girl runs away to find her father, hopping onto a boxcar and befriending a fellow fugitive, Patrick (Peter Phelps), an emotionally battle-scarred WWI veteran fleeing the authorities after injuring a repo man. Pretending to be father and daughter, Patrick and Kate use each other for cover as they make their way across New Zealand, sleeping under the stars (hence the film's title) and championing the rights of destitute farmers and homeless squatters whose fortunes have been wiped out by economic hardship. Starlight Hotel (1987) was the second directorial effort of New Zealand native Sam Pillsbury and his follow-up to the offbeat horror film The Scarecrow (1982). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Peter Phelps
as Patrick
Marshall Napier
as Det. Wallace
Bruce Phillips
as Dave Marshall
Elrich Hooper
as Principal
John I. Watson
as Mr. Curtis
Shirley Kelly
as Mrs. Skip
Bill Walker
as John Repo-man
John Waite
as Jack Repo-man
Timothy Lee
as Maxwell
Ian Elliot
as Man in Village Hall
Ken Cook
as Constable Bonnet
Gary McCormick
as Constable Murphy
Peter Brunt
as Constable #1
Craig Stewart
as Farmhand
Geoffrey Wearing
as Mr. Jamieson
Yvonne Martin
as Desk Nurse
Desmond Kelly (II)
as Train Gateman
Sherril Cooper
as Flora Peters
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