Review: ‘Caddie’

Caddie is based on the autobiography of a Sydney barmaid who, adandoned by her husband, struggled through the Depression to bring up two children. It is a sensitively-told story of one woman's fight - not a militant, but rather one of the masses; an unsung heroine.

Caddie is based on the autobiography of a Sydney barmaid who, adandoned by her husband, struggled through the Depression to bring up two children. It is a sensitively-told story of one woman’s fight – not a militant, but rather one of the masses; an unsung heroine.

Helen Morse, in the title role, maintains a wonderful dignity that is typical of the character’s social class and aspirations. She never slips, and her scenes with the children are natural, especially at the fade out when despite a crushing personal disappointment, she rallies as soon as they appear.

But it is in her scenes with Takis Emmanuel that Caddie’s story takes on fire. Emmanuel, a Greek actor imported for the production, registers power immediately his face hits the screen.

Caddie

Australia

Production

Buckley. Director Donald Crombie; Producer Tony Buckley; Screenplay Joan Long; Camera Peter James; Editor Tim Wellburn; Music Patrick Flynn;; Art Director Owen Williams

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Helen Morse Takis Emmanuel Jack Thompson Jacki Weaver Melissa Jaffer Ron Blanchard
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