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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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A daring escape. An epic journey. The true story of 3 girls who walked 1500 miles to find their way 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  »

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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

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The bush they hide behind when they meet the friendly bushman is the same bush they hide behind later when avoiding the tracker. See more »

Quotes

[first spoken lines]
Molly Craig: [v.o., in native language] This is a true story - story of my sister Daisy, my cousin Gracie and me when we were little. Our people, the Jigalong mob, we were desert people then, walking all over our land. My mum told me about how the white people came to our country. They made a storehouse here at Jigalong - brought clothes and other things - flour, tobacco, tea. Gave them to us on ration day. We came there, made a camp nearby. They were building a long fence.
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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

Featured in Following the Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Cloudless
Vocals by Ningali Lawford, The Blind Boys of Alabama
Acoustic Guitar: Richard Evans
Didgeridoo: Ganga Giri
Drums [Sampled Loops]: Manu Katché
Drums, Programmed By [Bass], Mixed By: Stephen Hague
Electric Guitar: Peter Green
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals: David Rhodes
Organ [Hammond, Sampled Loops]: David Sancious
Programmed By [Drum], Other [Tambourine Loops]: Richard Chappell
Percussion: Ged Lynch
Violin: Gavyn Wright (as Gavin Wright), Jackie Shave
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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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