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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 journey across the Outback.

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Cast

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Laura Monaghan ...
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Ningali Lawford ...
Myarn Lawford ...
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Mavis
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Natasha Wanganeen ...
Garry McDonald ...
Mr. Neal at Moore River
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Police Inspector
Lorna Lesley ...
Miss Thomas (as Lorna Leslie)
Celine O'Leary ...
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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When the government kidnaps your children, you don't expect to see them again. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for emotional thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Long Walk Home  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,352, 27 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,165,429, 27 April 2003
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2.35 : 1
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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

Far into the story the film shows the view from Mr. Neville's office window, allowing us to see a few applicants. Among those is a couple whose application had been rejected early in the story by Mr. Neville. Obviously the same set served different scenes that were far apart in time. See more »

Quotes

Moodoo: This girl is clever. She wants to go home.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Crossing The Salt Pan
Vocals by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Additional Vocals by Elsie Thomas, Jewess James, Myarn Lawford, Rosie Goodji, Janganpa Group
Dulcimer [Hammered Dulcimer]: Richard Evans
Violin: Gavyn Wright, Jackie Shave
Strings by The London Session Orchestra
Percussion: Ged Lynch
Didgeridoo: Ganga Giri
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Great movie
14 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

In Australia no less, I was shocked . In the first ten minutes of the movie I was in tears, as I watched I toiled along with the girls and fed them and cried with them felt fear for them and with them , smiled at some things too . Took me off guard and broke my heart, where as in America we took the Native Americans and did the almost the same thing . I'm left shaking my head and wondering when does it end or will it ever ,Great movie very thought provoking will tell all my Aussie friends to be sure and see it if they haven't already why does a government have to " protect them from them selves ", they've survived this long with out intervention .

I read more on the rabbit extinction methods made me sick to my stomach will never forget this movie . I belived it happened just as she tells it so much for the politics of the movie thanks Cassie USA


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