In the small Victorian regional town of Colac, 61-year-old Cliff Young is an oddity. For a start, he's a vegetarian. And he's a teetotaller. Add to that, he's a virgin and still lives on the family farm with his mother. Cliff scrounges out a meagre existence farming potatoes and a few dairy cattle. That's not so odd in these parts. But when he's not battling the fickleness of nature, Cliff doesn't head to the pub or the footy ground like most. He spends his time running, covering vast distances in a single day. On one of these runs, he meets a local girl, Mary, and an unexpected connection is formed. When the potato crop fails - again - Cliff enters the inaugural 550 mile Sydney-to-Melbourne footrace. He hooks up with his old friend, Wally, who hasn't trained a decent runner in years, and who now lives a sad existence alone. This unlikely duo set out to defy the doubters and qualify for the gruelling race. But waiting for Cliff in Sydney are the world's greatest distance runners and a media that views his ramshackle entourage with wide-eyed incredulity. Foregoing sleep, Cliff runs eighteen hours a day. When he hits the wall and can't go on, Mary is on hand to help him through. When he takes the lead and shuffles on, Australia is utterly transfixed. Five days later, thousands flock to the finish line to witness Cliffy winning by the proverbial country mile. A nation celebrates the emergence of Australia’s most unlikely sporting hero: Cliffy Young.

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Cliffy (2013)

Drama · 1h 22m

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In the small Victorian regional town of Colac, 61-year-old Cliff Young is an oddity. For a start, he's a vegetarian. And he's a teetotaller. Add to that, he's a virgin and still lives on the family farm with his mother. Cliff scrounges out a meagre existence farming potatoes and a few dairy cattle. That's not so odd in these parts. But when he's not battling the fickleness of nature, Cliff doesn't head to the pub or the footy ground like most. He spends his time running, covering vast distances in a single day. On one of these runs, he meets a local girl, Mary, and an unexpected connection is formed. When the potato crop fails - again - Cliff enters the inaugural 550 mile Sydney-to-Melbourne footrace. He hooks up with his old friend, Wally, who hasn't trained a decent runner in years, and who now lives a sad existence alone. This unlikely duo set out to defy the doubters and qualify for the gruelling race. But waiting for Cliff in Sydney are the world's greatest distance runners and a media that views his ramshackle entourage with wide-eyed incredulity. Foregoing sleep, Cliff runs eighteen hours a day. When he hits the wall and can't go on, Mary is on hand to help him through. When he takes the lead and shuffles on, Australia is utterly transfixed. Five days later, thousands flock to the finish line to witness Cliffy winning by the proverbial country mile. A nation celebrates the emergence of Australia’s most unlikely sporting hero: Cliffy Young.

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Cast
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Kevin Harrington

Cliff Young
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Roy Billing

Wally
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Krew Boylan

Mary
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Martin Sacks

Syd
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Anne Tenney

Eunice
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Joan Sydney

Mum
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Gyton Grantley

Powell
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Stephen Curry

Griffin
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Joshua Hine

Paul
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Denise Roberts

Molly
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Morgan Griffin

Vicki
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Dean Murphy

Director
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Robert B. Taylor

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