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The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  17 October 1987 (USA)
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During the year 1962, a young prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freya Olson
Trevor Leishman
Graeme Blundell ...
Nils Olson
Lynette Curran ...
Anne Olson
Malcolm Robertson ...
Judi Farr ...
Tim Robertson ...
Bob Leishman
Harold Hopkins ...
Tom Alcock
Sergeant Pierce
Vincent Ball ...
Anja Coleby ...
Gail Olson
Kylie Ostara ...
Kelly Dingwall ...


During the year 1962, a young prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off a chain of events that irreversibly changes the lives of everyone involved. Written by Jojo Mac

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It was incredible. It was the year that changed everything. Forever.


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Release Date:

17 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Australian Graffiti  »

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$213,901 (USA)

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There are two movies that are featured in this film that have no entry on IMDB -"Teenage Runaway" (a poster for this adorns the wall at the Astor Cinema) and "Summer Fire" (the group goes to see this at the Astor). There is the possibility that these are fictional items created for this film. There is no copyright acknowledgment in the Credits for "Summer Fire", which would be expected if it was a real film. A search for "Teenage Runaway" on IMDB does not find any movies with this exact title, nor any with this theme from an appropriate time period (pre-1962). See more »


When Danny and Freya stand on the line watching the train pass, the crew's image is reflected in the shiny side of the train carriages. See more »


References The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) See more »


Written by Joe Sherman and Paul Anka
Performed by Paul Anka
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puberty blues
17 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A reluctant nerd approaching the awkward end of adolescence finds his intellectual pursuits in fierce conflict with his awakening lust for a childhood friend from the wrong side of the tracks, who meanwhile is infatuated with a kindred rebel spirit more her own age.

The subsequent rite of passage doesn't stray too far from the patented coming-of-age blueprint (laugher leading to tragedy leading to bittersweet wisdom), bur writer-director John Duigan's affectionate screenplay avoids falling into any sentimental traps, and the isolated Australian outback setting recalls some of the melancholy nostalgia of 'The Last Picture Show'. If not much else the film is a welcome throwback to a time when Australian movie-making meant well-crafted, unpretentious entertainment, before the Down Under film industry devolved to the level of 'Crocodile Dundee'.

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