In the Australian Outback, the Carmody family--Paddy, Ida and their teenage son Sean--are sheep drovers, always on the move. Ida and Sean want to settle down and buy a farm. Paddy wants to keep moving. A sheep-shearing contest, the birth of a child, drinking, gambling and a race horse will all have a part in the final decision. Written by
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The renowned cast. The rugged country. The joyous adventure classic.
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Did You Know?
Although studio head Jack L. Warner
wanted to shoot the movie in Arizona, director Fred Zinnemann
insisted on shooting the exteriors on location in Australia. The shoot did not go well. Zinnemann spent 12 weeks filming scenery and sheep herding scenes in the Outback before the cast arrived. Once the cast got there, the weather began alternating daily between hot sun and cold rain, which resulted in several extra weeks of filming. 'Robert Mitchum' was so harassed by fans that he had to move onto a boat to get away from them. See more
During the shearing contest, at the first break, Robert Mitchum collapses onto his seat and his opponent is shown in the background getting his pipe out of his pocket, lighting up and smoking. Then the camera cuts to a closeup of the opponent and he is shown getting his pipe out and lighting up again. See more
[on hearing Venneker had been a ship's captain
Why'd you leave?
My stomach. I was a notoriously bad sailor.
Dad says you must have been a better sailor than you are a horseman.
What the devil is he talking about? I was cashiered from the 17th Lancers before he knew one end of a horse from the other! NOT that he does now! Hah!
What does cashiered mean?
Uh - kind of promotion from the army into civilian life.
The Queensland Drover
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