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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Laura Monaghan ...
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Ningali Lawford ...
Maud - Molly's Mother
Myarn Lawford ...
Molly's Grandmother
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Mavis
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Constable Riggs
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Natasha Wanganeen ...
Nina, Dormitory Boss
Garry McDonald ...
Mr. Neal at Moore River
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Police Inspector
Lorna Lesley ...
Miss Thomas (as Lorna Leslie)
Celine O'Leary ...
Miss Jessop
Kate Roberts ...
Matron at Moore River
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Storyline

Western Australia, 1931. Government policy includes taking half-caste children from their Aboriginal mothers and sending them a thousand miles away to what amounts to indentured servitude, "to save them from themselves." Molly, Daisy, and Grace (two sisters and a cousin who are 14, 10, and 8) arrive at their Gulag and promptly escape, under Molly's lead. For days they walk north, following a fence that keeps rabbits from settlements, eluding a native tracker and the regional constabulary. Their pursuers take orders from the government's "chief protector of Aborigines," A.O. Neville, blinded by Anglo-Christian certainty, evolutionary world view and conventional wisdom. Can the girls survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If the government tore you away from your family, would you walk the 1500 miles back home? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for emotional thematic material | See all certifications »

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31 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Long Walk Home  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£221,758 (UK) (8 November 2002)

Gross:

$6,165,429 (USA) (25 April 2003)
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Trivia

Doris Pilkington, author of the book "Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence", is the daughter of Molly Craig (played by Everlyn Sampi in the film). See more »

Goofs

The girl's shoes and clothes were far too clean and intact for a thousand mile walk. The girl's hair wasn't dirty enough and didn't grow during the journey back to their home. The girls looked like they went on a 10 mile hike with very few food sources, lack of water, lack of hygiene, and lack of injuries to accurately depict authenticity. See more »

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[First lines]
Title Cards: Western Australia 1931
Title Cards: For 100 years the Aboriginal Peoples have resisted the invasion of their lands by white settlers.
Title Cards: Now, a special law, the Aborigines Act, controls their lives in every detail.
Title Cards: Mr. A. O. Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines, is the legal guardian of every Aborigine in the State of Western Australia.
Title Cards: He has the power "to remove any half-caste child" from their family, from anywhere within the state.
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Crazy Credits

The painting songs sung by the Walpiri, Amatjere and Wangajunka women were not sacred songs, but were songs able to be performed in public. See more »

Connections

Edited from A Steam Train Passes (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Ngankarrparni (Sky Blue - Reprise)
Drums [Sampled Loops] by Manu Katché
Electric Guitar: Peter Green
Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals: David Rhodes
Keyboards: Richard Evans
Organ [Hammond, Sampled Loops]: David Sancious
Programmed By [Drum]: Peter Gabriel, Richard Chappell
Violin: Gavyn Wright (as Gavin Wright), Jackie Shave
Vocals: Ningali Lawford, The Blind Boys of Alabama
Percussion: Ged Lynch
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Superb and Devastating
18 January 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Yes we've seen children-on-the-run films, but such glib commentary demeans this true life drama and its implications in real life. This magnificent and tragic story is yet another must-see in re:the little holocausts that have gone on, even in the most "civilized" nations - in this case Australia. What a touching story of three girls, marvelously portrayed by unknown young actresses, who escape from a horrific government policy, initiated by white supremacist Australia pre-Hitler and Nazi Germany. It is odd to say this is beautifully filmed in the Australian outback... and Kenneth Brannagh, echoing his recent portrayal as Heydrich in "Conspiracy", plays white evil incarnate - a prim bureaucrat diligently doing his government job's mandate - to cleanse Australia of "half breeds" in a most heinous (if not deadly) fashion. It is compelling from beginning to end, and the epilogue is most chilling and bittersweet. Superior and meaningful film making.


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