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The Night the Prowler

A hodge-podge of flash forwards, flashbacks, and even some flash sideways, The Night the Prowler tells the story, as one pundit put it, of a female slob's search for self-identification.

A hodge-podge of flash forwards, flashbacks, and even some flash sideways, The Night the Prowler tells the story, as one pundit put it, of a female slob’s search for self-identification.

A young woman (Kerry Walker) moves into adulthood as an overweight, sullen, neurotic and ill-mannered daughter of a couple of middleclass stereotypes. The mother is attractive and dimwitted; the father is dull.

With flashbacks to the various stages of her youth, including the usual father fixation and an engagement to a rather boring young diplomat with a promising future, she fakes (or misinterprets) a visit from a prowler – in her version, with rape in mind.

This event, of course, lessens her chances at a marriage which she wasn’t too eager about anyhow and she goes through a series of increasingly demoralizing changes, finally emerging as a leather-clad night prowler on her own.

The Night the Prowler

Australia

  • Production: Chariot. Director Jim Sharman; Producer Anthony Buckley; Screenplay Patrick White; Camera David Sanderson; Music Cameron Alan
  • Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 90 MIN.
  • With: Ruth Cracknell John Frawley Kerry Walker John Derum Maggie Kirkpatrick Terry Camilleri
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