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Carry Me Back

1h 29m Comedy, Drama 1981

Directed and Written by:
John Reid

Carry Me Back, was an instant success when first released in 1983. As with Goodbye Pork Pie New Zealand audiences were quick to embrace the films bizarre and distinctly Kiwi brand of comedy inspired by a Joy Cowley story.

Arthur and Jimmy set out from their Marlborough farm, to cross Cook Strait for the Ranfurly Shield Rugby game in Wellington. Their wilful old father decides to go with them, but the excitement of the big game, followed by a night on the town, proves too much for him. By morning he’s dead, leaving the boys with a dilemma.

On reading his will, they discover they must secretly get him back to the farm, unnoticed in order that he can legally be buried there. Otherwise, as his will states, the farm will be left to his beloved Rugby Union.

Enlisting the help of their suspicious aunt, who conveniently has a van and a wardrobe they secretly load the body. Then begins their bizarre journey involving strikes, storms, thieves and countless other obstacles. All contrive to make the trip an unrelenting nightmare for the boys especially when they bump into some riotous friends who have also been to the game decide to join them.

Will they ever get their father home? Will they ever inherit the farm?

To celebrate it’s return to these shores Carry Me Back has been digitally remastered and now looks better and is more entertaining than ever.


Grant Tilly (Arthur) , Kelly Johnson (Jimmy) , Dorothy McKegg (Aunty Bird) , Derek Hardwick (T. K. Donovan) , Joanne Mildenhall (Girl) , Alex Trousdell (George) , Frank Edwards (Brian)


John Reid


John Reid


Derek Morton

Screen Story

Joy Cowley


Graeme Cowley


Graeme Cowley


Simon Reece




New Zealand


Kiwi Films

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