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Dogs in Space (1987)

  Directed by: Richard Lowenstein
Written by: Richard Lowenstein
Starring: Michael Hutchence, Saskia Post
Links: Dogs in Space on the IMDb, Buy on Video
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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Dogs in Space (1987) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Pure Shit (1976).

"An Australian Rock Classic" - a review by timchuma

I first heard of this movie when I heard friends talking about it at Uni. What I remembered most about the conversation was how difficult they said it was to rent at the video store (some places charged an extra deposit to rent it.) Also some people liked the movie so much they actually went to find the house in Richmond where it was set (I did the same with a friend for the house from The Castle (1997).)

Even though this movie was made in the 1980s it is still the favourite of a lot of people. I remember hearing Saskia Post being interviewed on the radio and she mentioned she still gets asked questions by people about what it was like to star with Michael Hutchence.

What is special about this movie is that it really feels more like visiting a friend's house than just watching a film. Although I am too young to remember much about the time period it is set in - 1978 - the way they show it is just like being there.

Everyone has a favourite character from this movie, and mine would have to be Chuck - "How's it going you hippy bastards!" Lucio also reminds me a lot of myself when I was going to Uni (he is the butt of a many jokes.)

Anna (Saskia Post) and Sam (Michael Hutchence) make a very believable couple. Even though the story mainly concerns them, you can get just as much out of the other characters.

I also liked how the only TV shows they seemed to watch are old documentaries on space exploration, Thunderbirds and Countdown.

Another thing you can take from this movie is some great dialogue. Some scenes are hard to watch at first as in the party scenes there are heaps of overlapping lines, but you can get more out of it when you watch it again.

This movie is rated R as the OFLC thinks it shows a "degenerate lifestyle", but don't let that put you off. There are drug references in it, but they are much less graphic than other movies (such as another Australian movie, Pure Shit (1976), which this movie reminds me of.)

I don't know if this movie is out on DVD yet, but I would recommend buying this movie even if you can only find it on video. It's a film that you can put away and then watch when you feel like hanging out with some friends.

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Sun 22 Aug 2004

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Reader comments

  1. I used to watch this movie with friends when I was a few years younger smoking and drinking I must have watched it 100 times.I have a family now so dont watch it as much as I would like to. love it from start to finish.Hutchence was brilliant AAA+++

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Rick on Fri 03 Dec 2004 22:45 #

  2. Great cult movie. It reminds me so much of my similar lifestyle and living arrangements when I was young. The soundtrack is awesome too.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Dan (http://www.famousheights.com) on Fri 07 Jan 2005 10:55 #

  3. My fav when I was younger!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Angella on Fri 11 Feb 2005 04:53 #

  4. This movie brings back great memories and is simply some of Australias best cinematography! I also love Saskia Post. What ever happened to her?

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from Millhouse on Wed 23 Nov 2005 14:04 #

  5. I love michael hutchence so of course this movie was a must have and i love it i watch it all the time how could you not... If you havent seen this movie than u have to because you wont believe that it is actually A GREAT MOVIE and story title. Michael is a Great hoTTie!!!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Taylor on Thu 12 Jan 2006 17:23 #

  6. Completely overlooked and underrated.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Ryelei on Sat 23 Sep 2006 06:48 #

  7. Agree with everyone, a favourite of my youth. Classic thing about this film is the background comments from various cast members out of shot. eg When Sam is asked if he comes from the planet poofta or the planet stupida, you'll hear Tony yell out "Think carefully before answering Sammy!" Once your awake to that, you'll hear them all through the movie!

    "Hey! Dog face! Show us your snatch!"

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Simon on Fri 27 Oct 2006 19:40 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.29 (7 ratings)

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