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8 August 2002 (Australia) See more »
The Fanatic. The Follower. The Fugitive. The Tracker. See more »
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Strong film, not the director's best See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order)

David Gulpilil ... The Tracker

Gary Sweet ... The Fanatic

Damon Gameau ... The Follower
Grant Page ... The Veteran
Noel Wilton ... Fugitive

Directed by
Rolf de Heer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rolf de Heer  written by

Produced by
Rolf de Heer .... producer
Bridget Ikin .... executive producer
Nils Erik Nielsen .... associate producer
Domenico Procacci .... executive producer
Julie Ryan .... producer
Original Music by
Graham Tardif 
Cinematography by
Ian Jones 
Film Editing by
Tania Nehme 
Art Direction by
Beverley Freeman 
Costume Design by
Beverley Freeman 
Makeup Department
Beverley Freeman .... hair stylist
Beverley Freeman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Julie Ryan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Mahood .... first assistant director
Art Department
Peter Coad .... paintings
Sound Department
James Currie .... sound designer
James Currie .... sound re-recording mixer
James Currie .... sound recordist
Tom Heuzenroeder .... special sound effects
Rory McGregor .... sound re-recording mixer
Adrian Medhurst .... foley artist
Tania Nehme .... sound editor
Sara Jane Van Oyen .... sound effects editor
Zed Korshoonoff .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
David Dunkley .... Steadicam operator
David Dunkley .... focus puller
Robertto Karas .... gaffer
Matt Nettheim .... still photographer (as Matthew Nettheim)
Judd Overton .... clapper loader
Mike Smith .... grip
Editorial Department
Sara Jane Van Oyen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Rolf de Heer .... lyricist
Mark Kraus .... music supervisor
Archie Roach .... singer
Other crew
Mark Kraus .... production accountant
Celia Richards .... production coordinator
Airlie Thomas .... unit nurse

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Additional Details

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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The music for this film is performed by Archie Roach, a popular aboriginal country musician.See more »
[first lines]
The Tracker:About half a day ahead, boss, and he's gettin' tired.
The Fanatic:Tell me when it gets to dark. Come on. Keep going.
The Tracker:Okay, boss. Like this?
[mock running and galloping]
The Tracker:We'll catch him quick.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Gulpilil: One Red Blood (2002) (V)See more »

10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Strong film, not the director's best, 16 February 2006
Author: YesYesNo from United States

As far as Western films go, the Tracker is nothing groundbreaking or particularly accomplished. I'd compare it to Anthony Mann's Naked Spur, another beautiful looking wilderness bounty-hunter film with a primary interest in psychological tension between morally ambiguous characters. Like Naked Spur, there is a trickster figure, an innocent, a veteran trailblazer, and a sadistic military figure. There is plenty of intrigue between characters as new situations arise, but The Tracker lacks the complexity of the screenplay thanks to the director's political heavy-handedness. Gary Sweet's character is not convincing or particularly well developed, as his simplistically evil nature makes him highly predictable and almost comedic. While I enjoyed the music on its own merits, I agree with another commenter that it leaves little room for the viewer to come to his own conclusions about the characters.

On the other hand, there are some great moments, such as the Tracker's improvised trial of the Fanatic, which causes one question how capital punishment becomes perceived as legitimate. The Tracker's adoption of white traditions and religious rites causes us to view him differently than we would otherwise. The circumstances of the Fanatic's dependence upon the Tracker and the Tracker's dependence upon the mercy of the Fanatic create an intrigue that is again reminiscent of the Naked Spur. Aided by the beautiful scenery of the outback, the cinematography is very nice, and the editing is distinctive as the film maintains a slower pace with spacious musical and visual interludes that are sometimes kitschy but occasionally effective. Overall, this was I film that I thoroughly enjoyed, even if the screenplay wasn't as powerful as I had hoped.

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