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Walkabout (1971)

GP | | Adventure, Drama | 1 July 1971 (USA)
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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White Boy (as Lucien John)
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Black Boy (as David Gumpilil)
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Robert McDarra ...
Man (as Robert McDara)
Peter Carver ...
No Hoper (as Pete Carver)
John Illingsworth ...
Hilary Bamberger ...
Woman
Barry Donnelly ...
Australian Scientist
Noeline Brown ...
German Scientist (as Noelene Brown)
Carlo Manchini ...
Italian Scientist
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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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Just about the most different film you'll ever see See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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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

This was the first solo directing credit for cinematographer Nicolas Roeg. See more »

Goofs

The girl asks to be taken to the city of Adelaide, the children's destination in the novel. However, the city shown at the start and end of the film is clearly Sydney, which is several thousand kilometers (and two states) away from Adelaide. See more »

Quotes

White Boy: I don't suppose it matters which way we go.
The Girl: We'll stay here. Perhaps the water will come back.
White Boy: Where from?
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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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INNOCENCE
14 April 2004 | by (glendale,CO) – See all my reviews

Goodness gracious it's amazing how many reviewers missed the most obvious aspect of the film. This tale is about innocence and it approaches that from many different angles. As for Roeg practicing camera tricks-maybe today these are tricks but at the time the style was a pioneering method of telling and showing psychological elements, wasted on todays audiences. Roeg presents innocence in juxtaposition with the hardness and neuroses of society, not as WHITEMAN BAD but as society, modern society makes us very neurotic by taking away our innocence. Roeg makes an brilliant point and stylizes a mostly nonverbal experience by letting us journey with children all on the cusp of some new stage of growth. This movie is a small masterpiece!!


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