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Adventure | Comedy
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
106 min
IMDB Rating:
5.7 / 10 
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Directors: Stephan Elliott [Director] ,

Movie Description:
A con artist escapes a deal gone wrong in New York and winds up in the Aussie outback in a strange town whose inhabitants are an oddball collection of misfits.


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Weird and interesting little movie

I'd never heard of this movie, never knew Rod Taylor was Australian (this from someone who saw Hitchcock's "The Birds" in a theater during its initial release) and I really need to see it again when it is not interrupted every five minutes by a string of commercials, as on the Sinclair (Charge!) station where I did see it. No need to say much more; the other reviews tell you as much as you need to know, but I will say the opening sequence in New York probably probably nails the world's view of American gun culture and the two endings (preceding and following the closing credits) are worth the wait.

I did love the throwaway line about the asbestos mine burning for weeks.

A cookie full of asbestos

I can understand how non-Australians might not get "Welcome to Woop Woop". As an Aussie, I don't get it either.

Australian cinema has produced some off-the-wall comedies over the years, but this one is in a league of its own.

Teddy (Johnathon Schaech), an American rare bird smuggler on the run ends up in the Australian outback. He meets Angie (Susie Porter), a sexually veracious girl who drugs him and takes him to her community in the ex-asbestos mining town of Woop Woop run by her father Daddy-O (Rod Taylor).

Teddy wakes up to find he is married to Angie. He gets caught up in the weird lifestyle of the isolated community whose only source of entertainment and connection to culture is old videos of Rogers and Hammerstein musicals - a little like "Galaxy Quest" where the alien Thermians only understand human behaviour through the signals they have received of old television shows.

Along with the most strident of Australian accents, the changes of mood in the film are bewildering - singing, dancing and fornicating one minute and shooting dogs the next. This slice of Australiana makes the characters in "Wake in Fright" seem like Oxford dons.

I only saw "Woop Woop" recently (2015) when it appeared on "World Movies" about the same time as a documentary called "Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!" Apparently Quentin Tarantino championed the documentary and I must admit it was more entertaining than most of the films it featured, including "Welcome to Woop Woop"

The cast gave it everything they had, and seemed to be in on the joke. Rod Taylor has one great scene where he does an electric tap dance to "Shall We Dance" on the bar with leads on his shoes connected to a battery. But as far as I'm concerned these were the only sparks generated in the film.

Stephen Elliott had made "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" the year before. "Priscilla" was outrageous with souvenirs of ABBA, ping-pong balls etc. - but it was funny. "Welcome to Woop Woop" is outrageous and tedious.

Would I recommend the film? Well that all depends on what you like. Some people relish a good bad movie. By bad, I don't mean poor editing or shoddy sound, far from it, "Woop Woop" is polished as far as production values are concerned - I mean bad in concept. It has a certain cult following, but that's one cult I managed to escape.

Unpredictable, sexy, and unique. A hidden gem!

Welcome to Woop Woop is a unique comedy, so refreshingly different when the typical film comedy nowadays is so vulgar and predictable. This film is by no means wholesome, as it is sexy as all get out. There are many bizarre characters and plot twists mostly set in a small isolated town in Australia. Its attributes include a frankly remarkable use of Rogers and Hammerstein music as its background score: the songs are remade, very hip yet respectful to their source. If this movie is similar to anything, perhaps it is the musical Li'l Abner since there is a sexy blonde (a very appealing Susie Porter, unknown to American audiences) a handsome, dark-haired man (Jonathon Schaech in a vastly entertaining performance that should have made him a big star. He is extraordinarily good-looking and his comedic delivery is quite good. Think of a male supermodel with a great sense of humor) as well as oddly raggedy dressed townsfolk with weird Dogpatch-like hairstyles. Rod Taylor is both scary and touching as the tyrannical leader and there are small roles placed by Miss Edna's Barry Humphries and a young, muscular bodybuilder , Con Demetriou, who was briefly Princess Di's personal trainer, and an almost unrecognizable Rachel Griffiths. There is also a cameo by Gilligan's Island's Tina Louise. This movie is a little gem and should be seen for a special, funny, weirdly good time.
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