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During the 1860s, Dave Powers, apprentice to a horse trainer, volunteers to ride Archer to the Melbourne Cup race. Their start is 600 miles from Melbourne, and the journey is anything but easy. Of course, the pair have numerous adventures along the way, and in the end Archer competes in the Melbourne Cup race. Written by
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I was initially put off watching this movie by the listing of Nicole Kidman as one of the stars. She plays 'Catherine' which in fact is a relatively minor part. The low rating at a guess may be due to fans expecting to see more of her! Based loosely on the story of the first Melbourne Cup winner, this is suitable fare for viewers of all ages. Kids will love the horses and entertaining story, with capture by bushrangers and the meeting of many unusual characters.
For those outside Oz, the Melbourne Cup is Australia's biggest horse race, held on the first Tuesday of November, when the entire country comes to a halt. 'Bushrangers' are the equivalent of the Old West's outlaws.
So, if you're a Nichole Kidman fan, don't expect to find much of her in this movie. If you'd like an entertaining story of Australia in the mid-19th Century, with excitement and humour, played by an excellent cast of actors, you're sure to find this movie worth viewing.
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