End Play (1975)

80m (USA), 114m (Australia)
35mm film, colour

An Australian horror film directed by Tim Burstall.


A young hitchhiker is murdered near Victoria, the latest victim of a brutal serial killer, and two local brothers, one a paraplegic, are the prime suspects. The two men are fiercely protective of each other, but as the police begin to draw ever closer, tensions begin to mount…


Directed by: Tim Burstall
Copyright 1975 [company not given]
Hexagon presents (opening titles). A Hexagon production, Melbourne, Australia (closing credits)
Produced by: Tim Burstall
Associate Producers: Alan Finney, Trevor Pope
Screenplay: Tim Burstall
Based on the novel by Russell Braddon
Director of Photography: Robin Copping
Film Editor: Edward McQueen-Mason
Music: Peter Best
Sound Recordist: Desmond Bone
Wardrobe Master: Kevin Reagan
Make-up: Lois Hohenfels
Hairdresser: Michael Greaves
Special Effects: Gary Walker
Art Director: Bill Hutchinson
Locations: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

George Mallaby (Robert Gifford)
John Waters (Mark Gifford)
Ken Goodlet (Det. Inspector Cheadle)
Delvene Delaney (Janine Talbort)
Charles Tingwell (in opening credits) Bud Tingwell (in closing credits) (Dr Fairburn)
Belinda Giblin (Margaret Gifford)
Robert Hewett (Det. Sergeant Robinson)
Kevin Miles (Charlie Bricknall)
Walter Pym (Mr. Lipton)
Sheila Florance (Mrs. Lipton)
Barry McQueen (TV newscaster)
Reg Gorman (TV reporter)
Adrian Wright (Andrew Gifford)
Jan Friedl (policewoman)
John Lamond (Robbie as a child)
Vicki Raymond (Robbie's mother)
Cliff Neat (Robbie's father)
Elspeth Ballantyne (welfare officer)

Alternative Titles

Endplay – USA (video)
Päätöspeli – Finland



  • Cinema Papers no.5 (March/April 1975) p.67 (Australia) – credits
  • Variety 24 December 1975 p.16 – credits, review


  • Australian Film 1900-1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production by Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper p.375 – illustrated credits, synopsis