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  1. The classic Crunchie Bar ad.

Synopsis

A mainstay on cinema and TV screens for over 20 years, this commerical — reputedly NZ’s longest-running — made Kiwis feels as if the UK-born hokey pokey treasure was ‘ours’. Directed by Tony Williams and shot on location in Upper Hutt, the madcap romp featured a bevy of 70s acting talent going for comedy gold. A connection with Martin Scorsese’s editor facilitated access to footage from old westerns, while the immortal tune is the work of Murray Grindlay. Williams overspent his meagre budget and a lawn mower given to him as a thank you ended up his fee.

Credits (15)

 Tony Williams
 Roger MacDonnell
 Matt Murphy

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Comments (4)

 Raymond

Raymond

Read the synopsis, this was NOT shot at Kingston, the 3 seconds of footage of the fyler was taken from a National Film Unit programme. The remainder was shot in the Hutt Valley.

 Alastair

Alastair

Using the Kingston Flyer was inspired, but it's a shame that they didn't do more with the Flyer. That train must rank as one of the best NZ icons alongside Buzzy Bee, Marmite, the All Blacks, and kiwifruit.

 Martin

Martin

I just saw the "inspiration" for this. An obscure 1968 hippie movie called "Gold". Pretty much shot for shot the same, the train, the casting, the framing, the military stuff, the explosions etc. Disappointing find.

 Damien Service

Damien Service | website

I know this is 35 years old but why is this not on air no more? I mean if they can run a comp for a new Milky Bar Kid, then why not either do a 21st century version or stick with the classic original?

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 The Tony Williams Collection

Quotes

"Have a Crunchie, hokey pokey bar. Crazy Crunchie, hokey pokey bar." 

Awards

1975 USA Clio
Gold Award