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Rikky and Pete

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.

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.

Rikky and Pete

Australia

  • Production: United Artists/Cascade. Director Nadia Tass; Producer Nadia Tass, David Parker; Screenplay David Parker; Camera David Parker; Editor Ken Sallows; Music Phil Judd, Eddie Raynor; Art Director Josephine Ford
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 101 MIN.
  • With: Stephen Kearney Nina Landis Tetchie Agbayani Bill Hunter Bruno Lawrence Bruce Spence
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