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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

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The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lewis ...
Freddy Reynolds ...
Mort Blacksmith
...
Farrell
...
Rev. Neville
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Gilda Marshall (as Angela Punch)
Steve Dodds ...
Tabidgi
Peter Carroll ...
McCready
Ruth Cracknell ...
Mrs. Heather Newby
Don Crosby ...
Jack Newby
Elizabeth Alexander ...
Petra Graf
Peter Sumner ...
Dowie Steed
Tim Robertson ...
Healey
Ray Meagher ...
Dud Edmonds
Brian Anderson ...
Hyberry
Jane Harders ...
Mrs. Healey
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The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner. Written by <tgard@genauto.com>

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The chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is the chant of the underdog See more »


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21 June 1978 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Die Ballade von Jimmie Blacksmith  »

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AUD 1,280,000 (estimated)
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Though a critical success around the world, this film was commercially unsuccessful at the box-office in Australia. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Brilliant Macabre and violent drama
23 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Thomas Keneally's THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH novel works on so many levels - a period piece, as a biting satire and as a wonderfully composed drama. This film of the same name attempts to capture the poignancy and strength of the original classic novel. It achieves this wonderfully. The film is excellently acted and the violence is both well shot and vibrantly enacted. The score is great too. Also the Australian landscape - not to mention its social underbelly, was never shot with as much insight.

An excellent starting point to understand such great Aussie films like the tracker and rabbit proof fence.

10/10


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