Rikky and Pete has a clutch of potentially interesting characters and a promising storyline; but the characters are inadquately developed, and the plotting doesn’t live up to expectations.
Pete is an inventor in Melbourne. For reasons barely specified, Pete is in the middle of a vendetta with a burly police officer (Bill Hunter) who’s out to get him; his sister, Rikky, meanwhile, is tired of her latest beau (Lewis Fitzgerald) and of singing to unappreciative audiences in a bar. They take off in their mother’s magnificent Bentley for the outback.
They arrive in a mining town and strike it rich. Pete has an affair with a pretty Filipino girl (Tetchie Agbayani), but winds up in prison where the pursuing cop finally locates him.
Stephen Kearney gives Pete plenty of raffish charm, and Nina Landis has a warm personality as Rikky. Unfortunately, their roles remain sketchy. Landis suffers particularly, since a romance with miner Bruno Lawrence is suggested but never followed through, leaving a void in the film. Nadia Tass directs with a very deliberate pace, which drags the film down.