Cactus (1986 film)

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Cactus 1986.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Paul Cox
Produced by Paul Cox
Written by Paul Cox
Bob Ellis
Starring Isabelle Huppert
Cinematography Yuri Sokol
Edited by Tim Lewis
Release date
  • 5 September 1986 (1986-09-05)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$1.5 million[1]
Box office A$73,751 (Australia)[2]

Cactus is a 1986 Australian drama film directed by Paul Cox and starring Isabelle Huppert.[3]



The film was inspired by Paul Cox's memory of his mother temporarily going blind when he was a child. He worked on the story for a number of years, then decided he wanted to work with Isabelle Huppert and wrote the script with her in mind. Bob Ellis worked on the script but fought with Cox over the fact it was about a Frenchwoman staying in Australia, and the two men ended their collaboration.[1]

Actors Equity objected to Huppert's importation but this was overruled.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p95-96
  2. ^ "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria accessed 24 October 2009
  3. ^ Goodman, Walter. "Cactus". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 

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