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Walkabout (1971)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  1 July 1971 (USA)
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Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

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Girl
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White Boy (as Lucien John)
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Black Boy (as David Gumpilil)
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Man
Robert McDarra ...
Man (as Robert McDara)
Peter Carver ...
No Hoper (as Pete Carver)
John Illingsworth ...
Young Man
Hilary Bamberger ...
Woman
Barry Donnelly ...
Australian Scientist
Noeline Brown ...
German Scientist (as Noelene Brown)
Carlo Manchini ...
Italian Scientist
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Storyline

A privileged British family consisting of a mother, a geologist father and an adolescent daughter and son, live in Sydney, Australia. Out of circumstance, the siblings, not knowing exactly where they are, get stranded in the Outback by themselves while on a picnic. They only have with them the clothes on their backs - their school uniforms - some meagre rations of nonperishable food, a battery-powered transistor radio, the son's satchel primarily containing his toys, and a small piece of cloth they used as their picnic drop-cloth. While they walk through the Outback, sometimes looking as though near death, they come across an Australian boy who is on his walkabout, a rite of passage into manhood where he spends months on end on his own living off the land. Their largest problem is not being able to verbally communicate. The boy does help them to survive, but doesn't understand their need to return to civilization, which may or may not happen based on what the Australian boy ends up ... Written by Huggo

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A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier. Dangers they had never known before... A people they had never seen before... See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Release Date:

1 July 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Longa Caminhada  »

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Budget:

AUD 1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Eastman Colour)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The poetry quoted by the narrator at the end of the film is Part 40 of A.E. Housman's "A Shropshire Lad": Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went And cannot come again. See more »

Goofs

Jenny's stockings variously disappear and reappear with no continuity. It seems earlier scenes with her wearing them are intermingled with later scenes where she doesn't wear them. See more »

Quotes

The Girl: We're English! English, do you understand? This is Australia, yes? Where is Adelaide?
White Boy: Ask him for water!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is a flash of white light on the screen and as it becomes a black screen, radio tuning is heard while the words "rien ne va plus" are shown. See more »

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Includes electronic music from "Hymnen"
by Karlheinz Stockhausen
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Beautiful lead character and a film with a subtle message
17 April 2004 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I first remember seeing this film as a late teenager in about 1979. Therefore what most vividly stuck in my mind was the lead character played by a beautiful blonde English girl, Jenny Agutter, Specifically the nude scenes of her swimming and washing.

On a less superficial level it is a film with a point-something along the lines of the graciousness of Aborigines and their ability to live in harsh surrounds, and the destructive nature of suburban life in a flat in a major city.

I think it would be a film, like Jedda, that will always be on reference for the Australian Outback, Aboriginals and the modern society which brought a European civilisation to their land.


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