A story based on true events about two explorers on a doomed journey trying to cross Australia on foot in the 19 century.

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Julia Matthews
Matthew Fargher ...
John King
Ralph Cotterill ...
Charley Gray
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Brahe
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Tom McDonagh
Monroe Reimers ...
Dost Mahomet
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Bill Patton
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George Landells
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Bill Wright
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Ambrose Kyte
Arthur Dignam ...
Sir William Stawell
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Doctor John Masadam
Edward Hepple ...
Ludwig Becker
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A story based on true events about two explorers on a doomed journey trying to cross Australia on foot in the 19 century.

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They dared to challenge the unknown. They were the first. They crossed the Australian continent from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. See more »


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31 October 1985 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Burke & Wills - kova kaksikko  »

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AUD 8,900,000 (estimated)
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The picture was the first ever Australian Royal Premiere debuting on 2nd November 1985 before your Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Princess Diana. See more »

Crazy Credits

At the conclusion of the cast list in the end credits it reads: Mr. Stillwell as himself. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Wills & Burke (1985) See more »

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No Awa' to Bide Awa'
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Bagpipes played by Graham Hardy
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Some things get better with age
16 July 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

25 years on, this movie is even more interesting than it was when first released. Some things haven't changed - the performances by Jack Thompson and Nigel Havers are still first rate, and Greta Scacchi is still gorgeous (and sings beautifully - it is her own voice). And the outback footage shot on location is just as stunning. But now there are whole generations of people, not to mention immigrants to Australia, who weren't taught about Burke and Wills in primary school, so the story of the explorers and what happened to them is new. This was one of the first Australian movies to have a large number of indigenous people involved and it is interesting to see how in 1985, the film makers contrast the struggle that the Europeans have with an environment in which the indigenous people lived quite comfortably, and also show that their communication systems were better! Definitely worth a look and hopefully it will be released on DVD some time soon.


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