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Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)

Jedda (original title)
Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ...
Jedda (as Ngarla Kunoth)
Robert Tudawali ...
Marbuck (as Robert Tudawalli)
Betty Suttor ...
Sarah McMann
Paul Reynall ...
Joe
George Simpson-Lyttle ...
Douglas McMann
Tas Fitzer ...
Peter Wallis - Police Officer
Wason Byers ...
Felix Romeo - Boss Drover
Willie Farrar ...
Little Joe
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Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught between two cultures forbidden from learning about her indigenous heritage and never fully accepted by the other. Written by Predator Fxxxed Alien

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The BIGGEST Australian films ALL come from CHARLES CHAUVEL "In the Wake of the Bounty" "Heritage" "Uncivilised" "40,000 Horsemen" "The Rats of Tobruk" "Sons of Matthew" .... and now "JEDDA" - biggest of them all! See more »


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27 February 1957 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Jedda is said to 'grow like Topsy'. This term comes from the book, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by Harriet Beecher-Stowe, in which there is a character called Topsy, a little girl. See more »

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The rips in Jedda's shirt vary in the scenes after she and Marbuk are discovered near the waterhole. See more »

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Referenced in Australia (2008) See more »

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Nice Color
16 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Plot Jedda is an Aboriginal girl born on a cattle station in the Northern Territory of Australia.

After her mother dies giving birth to her, the child is brought to Sarah McMann, the wife of the station boss.

Sarah has recently lost her own newborn to illness.

She at first intends to give the baby to one of the Aboriginal women who work on the station, but then raises Jedda as her own, teaching her European ways and separating her from other Aborigines.

Jedda wants to learn about her own culture, but is forbidden by Sarah. When Jedda grows into a young woman, she becomes curious about an Aboriginal man from the bush named Marbuck. And it goes on from there.

It's a dated movie and maybe if you are Australian you'd love it. For the rest of us it's a bit of a bore. But the color sure is sweet.

Another reviewer said the negative made it to England but most of the film was destroyed in developing in England. This is untrue.

The last roll of negative was destroyed in a plane crash on its way for developing in England. Chauvel re-shot these lost scenes at Kanangra Walls in the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves west of Sydney Cave Scenes were Filmed in the River Cave, Diamond Cave, Imperial Cave, and Mud Tunnels at Jenolan. Editing and sound recorded were completed in London.


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