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Hammers Over the Anvil (1993)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 22 July 1994 (Australia)
This is the story of the crippled young Alan Marshall and his hero worship of the local he-man horse trainer East Driscoll, the schoolboy crush Alan has on the local aristocratic English ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grace McAlister
East Driscoll
Alexander Outhred ...
Alan Marshall
Frankie J. Holden ...
'Bushman' Marshall
Jake Frost ...
Joe Carmichael (as Jake D. Frost)
Alethea McGrath ...
Mrs. Bilson
John Rafter Lee ...
Charles McAlister (as John Lee)
Frank Gallacher ...
Amanda Douge ...
Nellie Bolster
Elsie Marshall
Daphne Grey ...
Mrs. Herbert
Caroline Kemp ...
Lucy Taylor
Sam Nightingale ...
Freckles Jack
Syd Brisbane ...
Duke the Dance Caller
Peter Osborn ...
Father Finnegan


This is the story of the crippled young Alan Marshall and his hero worship of the local he-man horse trainer East Driscoll, the schoolboy crush Alan has on the local aristocratic English beauty Grace McAlister and the affair that young Alan witnesses developing between Grace and East. Things inevitably take a turn towards the tragic when East becomes determined to force Grace to leave her husband and run away with him. Written by etherealtb

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AN ARISTOCRATIC ENGLISHWOMAN...AN AUSTRALIAN HORSEMAN and a young boy on a journey towards the exciting but forbidden world of adults... See more »


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Release Date:

22 July 1994 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Az erdőlakó fia  »

Box Office


AUD 4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When "The Magpie and Stump Hotel" in Mintaro in the Clare Valley, South Australia appeared in "Hammers Over The Anvil", the name of the pub was painted over. However, when the painters repainted back the name, they got it wrong and instead called the pub the "The Magpie Stump Hotel". See more »

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Underground Classic in the works
17 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As this year's films slip into the annals of film history, joining all the other visual works of man, the collective aesthetic speaks its choice.

"Hammers Over The Anvil" is destined to be one of those classics that is cited again and again as defining the genre.

The film is depthful, heart-breaking and heart-warming -- a lush visual journey, timeless in its insights. "Coming to manhood" is an essential human theme, and this film portrays it honestly and memorably, leaving the viewer with much to think about, deeply moved.

While successful U.S.-distributed movies "borrowed" their themes and content from this film, eight years in the making, and undercut its distribution potential in the early 1990's, they can never diminish or replace its unique brilliance.

Had its original distribution not been botched, it is my opinion that American movie goers would even now be citing this film along with "Gone With The Wind", "The African Queen", and "It's A Wonderful Life".

Today's film-goers have an insatiable appetite for excellence, whetted by the substance-less salads offered as main entrées. They will find this classic and devour it, again and again.

Final words... gorgeous, warm, chilling, real, unforgettable. This one will not go away.

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