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Encyclopedia > Smash Palace
Smash Palace
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Written by Roger Donaldson
Starring Bruno Lawrence
Anna Maria Monticelli
Release date(s) April 30, 1982
Running time 100 min.
Language English
IMDb profile
For the band, see Smash Palace (rock band).

Smash Palace was a New Zealand feature film, released in 1981. It was directed by Roger Donaldson and starred Bruno Lawrence, Anna Jemison, Greer Robson and Keith Aberdein. Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Bruno Lawrence (February 12, 1941–June 10, 1995) was a musician and actor, born David Lawrence in Brighton, England. ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Smash Palace is a power-pop band originally from the Philadelphia area and now based out of New Jersey. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Bruno Lawrence (February 12, 1941–June 10, 1995) was a musician and actor, born David Lawrence in Brighton, England. ... Greer Robson is a New Zealand television actor well known for her role as Nurse Joanna Jordan in Shortland Street Greer first came to prominance in the New Zealand film Smash Palace starring as Georgie alongside Bruno Lawrence Greer won season three of Celebrity Treasure Island. ...


The film features a number of excellent performances, notably those of Bruno Lawrence and the ten-year-old Greer Robson. The film was successful in its home land, and received good critical reviews in the United States, with Pauline Kael describing it as "amazingly accomplished", and the New York Times picking it as one of its ten movies of the year. Bruno Lawrence received an award for Best Actor at the 1982 Manila Film Festival for his portrayal of Al Shaw in the film. Pauline Kael (June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


The soundtrack was composed and performed by Sharon O'Neill. Sharon ONeill (born 23 November 1952 in Nelson, New Zealand) is a singer-songwriter and pianist from New Zealand, best known for her 1983 hit single Maxine. // ONeill began her career in the 1970s in her home country, then gained major success in Australia with the hit Words...


The action of the film centres around a car wrecking yard called Smash Palace, where Al Shaw (Lawrence), a former racing driver, lives with his unhappy French wife Jacqui (Jemison). Jacqui begins a relationship with Al's best friend, local cop Ray Foley (Aberdein), and — after a violent argument she leaves Al, taking daughter Georgie (Robson) with her. Al kidnaps Georgie, but is cornered in Smash Palace, but agrees to hand her over in return for Ray.


The car wrecking yard Smash Palace still exists today, and is located in Horopito, near Ohakune.


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