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The Overlanders (1946)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 26 December 1946 (USA)
It's the start of WWII in Northern Australia. The Japanese are getting close. People are evacuating and burning everything in a "scorched earth" policy. Rather than kill all their cattle, a... See full summary »

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Daphne Campbell ...
Mary Parsons
Jean Blue ...
Mrs. Parsons
Helen Grieve ...
Helen Parsons
John Fernside ...
Corky
Peter Pagan ...
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Frank Ransome ...
Charlie
Stan Tolhurst ...
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John Fegan ...
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Clyde Combo ...
Aborigine Jacky
Henry Murdoch ...
Aborigine Nipper
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It's the start of WWII in Northern Australia. The Japanese are getting close. People are evacuating and burning everything in a "scorched earth" policy. Rather than kill all their cattle, a disparate group decides to drive them overland half way across the continent. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A dramatic epic that echoes the heart beats of Australia's Greatness!

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Chips Rafferty starred alongside Jack Lemon playing the island watcher Patterson in the 1960 The Wackiest Ship in the Army. See more »

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A Group of Misfits Drive Cattle Across the Australian Interior
11 December 1998 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is an impressive film, crammed with poetic images. The strong story, elegantly told, revolves around a team of cattle-drovers who undertake an epic task: to move a herd of 1,000 cattle from the north coast of Australia 1,600 miles across the outback to Queensland. A late wartime flag-waver, this movie was Ealing Studios' first foray into 'empire' subject matter. With Australia's Northern Territory facing the threat of invasion by the Japanese, a small group of assorted individuals decides to drive a herd overland to keep it from falling into the enemy's hands. Relying on their own inherent grit and resourcefulness, the overlanders cope with crocodiles, drought, desertions and stampedes as they try to bring their cattle safely into Brisbane. Chips Rafferty, as Dan McAlpine, the leader of the team, personifies Australian qualities of toughness and decency. Nicely understated action scenes and a relaxed, naturalistic style of acting make this a very watchable movie. The viewer is skilfully drawn in, and quickly develops genuine concern for the likeable characters. All in all, an excellent film.


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