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Emoh Ruo (1985)

Emoh Ruo is a 1985 Australian comedy film about a young couple finally move from a caravan into their first dream home only to find they have bought a real turkey.


Denny Lawrence
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joy Smithers ... Terri Tunkley
Martin Sacks ... Des. Tunkley
Philip Quast ... Les Tunkley
Genevieve Mooy Genevieve Mooy ... Margaret York
Louise Le Nay Louise Le Nay ... Helen Tunkley
Max Phipps ... Sam Tregado
Jack Ellis ... Jack Tunkley
Joanna Burgess Joanna Burgess ... Tunkley Twins
Nathalie Burgess Nathalie Burgess ... Tunkley Twins
Bill Young ... Wally Wombat
Helen McDonald Helen McDonald ... Pat Harrison
Mervyn Drake Mervyn Drake ... Warren Harrison
Richard Carter ... Thommo
Di Smith ... Cheryl Mason
Lance Curtis Lance Curtis ... Wayne Mason


Des and Terri Tunkley are a happily married, but struggling couple about to take the big plunge and buy into the Great Australian Dream. Falling under the spell of a television advertisement extolling the joys of home ownership, Terri cajoles Des into making their first big financial commitment. At first, Des is none too enthusiastic about leaving their carefree, downwardly mobile lifestyle in a caravan park by the sea, and neither is their young son, Jack (Jack Ellis). The good life is for Des is embodied in his beloved, as-yet-as-to-be-restored motorboat. Here then lies a basis for conflict between Terri's desire for the domestic comforts of a 'real' home, and Des' dream of sailing away to the West Indies. Undeterred by her husband's initial reluctance, Terri calls on Austral Finance for a housing loan. Now more determined than ever to realise her dream, Terri becomes frustrated by Des' lack of interest. When things finally come to a head between them one rainy afternoon. Des ... Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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Excellent 'Little Aussie Battler' Movie
17 January 2007 | by greenie4242See all my reviews

This brings back memories of Sydney back in the '80s when I was growing up! Very well done, packed with laughs and lots of visual gags and spoofs of people from the home loan, building and banking industry. Anybody who has been through the experience of saving up to buy a new home for the family on limited finances should be able to relate to the movie.

A great cast of people bringing to life some very likable characters help bring you into the story. Many of the actors went on to become famous and well accomplished in the years to follow. It's funny seeing them so young in this movie!

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12 September 1985 (Australia) See more »

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