The Siege of Pinchgut

The Siege of Pinchgut

Harry Watt (1959)

U Certificate


Our Score
Ealing Studios had already made several films in Australia, including Bitter Springs and The Shiralee. Among the company's last productions was this muddled crime drama about an escaped prisoner who wants a new trial, holding captives on the tiny island of Pinchgut in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Aldo Ray was uninspired casting for the central role, creating little sympathy, the authorities behave in a heavy-handed way, and the resolution is rather unsatisfactory. At least the film gains a strong documentary look from director Harry Watt's use of the locations.


A falsely convicted man joins two other convicts in breaking out of a Sydney prison, but they end up trapped in a fortress in the harbour. While the innocent man is determined to clear his name, his cohorts take the family who look after the fort hostage and train a cannon on the city to ward off the police. Crime thriller, starring Aldo Ray and Heather Sears.

Cast & Crew

Matt Kirk Aldo Ray
Ann Fulton Heather Sears
Johnny Kirk Neil McCallum
Bert Victor Maddern
Luke Carlo Giustini
Supt Hanna Alan Tilvern
Mrs Fulton Barbara Mullen
Pat Fulton Gerry Duggan
Director Harry Watt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdGuidance: Some violence