The Italian Job meets cheap jugs and a student union gig in this early Geoff Murphy (Pork Pie, Quiet Earth, Utu) heist tale. Tank Busters' plot follows some Vic Uni students — short on exam fees and beer money — and their scheme to crack a campus safe ... the things kids got up to before internal assessment! Murphy enlisted $4000 and a bevy of mates (including Bruno on bongos) to make the film over nine months of weekends. It screened on TV on New Year’s Eve 1970; its assured pace and tyro verve in stark contrast to the stage-derived telly standards of the time.
As far as I’m concerned until you get your memory back, I’m not going to let you out of my sight.- Bruno to the winsome student clerk who’s forgotten where the stash is
The copyright for this title is held by Geoff Murphy.
Music: Underdogs, Acme Sausage Company, John Charles, Malcolm McNeil (vocals)
Available to buy at the Film Shop.