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The Blue Lightning (1986)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 7 May 1986
A private investigator (Sam Elliott) battles a criminal (Robert Culp) in the Australian outback for the possession of a priceless opal in this all-out action flick.

Director:

Lee Philips

Writer:

William Kelley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Elliott ... Harry Wingate
Rebecca Gilling ... Kate McQueen
John Meillon ... Dr. William Giles
Robert Coleby ... Ninian
Max Phipps ... Brutus Cathcart
Robert Culp ... Lester McInally
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Words
Jack Davis Jack Davis ... Jahrgadu
Ray Meagher ... Hale
Michael Carman Michael Carman ... Roberts
Norman Erskine Norman Erskine ... Clancy (as Norm Erskine)
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Hennessey
Jeff Truman ... Sky Operator
Garry Who Garry Who ... Mechanic (as Gary Who)
Bob Barrett Bob Barrett ... Sullivan
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A private investigator (Sam Elliott) battles a criminal (Robert Culp) in the Australian outback for the possession of a priceless opal in this all-out action flick.

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kék villám See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD2,550,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It is interesting that Harry Wingate (Sam Elliott) arrived in Sydney via Air New Zealand, and not the Australian National Carrier Qantas. See more »

Goofs

In the barroom fight between Sam Elliot's character and the bartender, the barkeep is shown with a forearm spring knife. When the knife is drawn, it is seen on his left arm, but in the subsequent fight, its on his Right arm. See more »

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Opals In Oz
4 May 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The best thing about The Blue Lightning is the nice location cinematography of the outback of Australia. The second best thing are the scenes with the aborigines giving foreigners like us Yanks an opportunity rarely granted to see folks we don't know about. Other than that the film is basically a modern western.

Though it begins like a detective story. Millionaire Max Phipps in San Francisco hires private eye Sam Elliott to either get his $400,000.00 back or a rare opal found in the Australian outback called The Blue Lightning. It's in the possession of a former IRA gunman fled to the Australian outback where he's taken over the frontier town of Opal Ridge backed by as scurvy a lot of villains as he is.

From the minute Elliott sets foot in Oz he's pursued by the hirelings of Robert Culp who plays the former IRA man with style. Elliott joins forces with Rebecca Gilling whose husband went missing in Culp's territory and later with Jack Davis and his tribe of aborigines who have been exploited by Culp and company.

The Blue Lightning maybe set in Australia, but I know a western when I see one. Elliott and Culp and the rest of the cast of Australians perform their roles admirably, but it isn't anything you haven't seen before.


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