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Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shea Adams ...
Carney Boy #3
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Bull
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Tony Barry ...
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Mission Boy (as Jamal Bednarz-Metallah)
Damian Bradford ...
Constable #1
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Carney Boy #1
Tara Carpenter ...
Essential Services Woman
Rebecca Chatfield ...
Magarri's Niece
Lillian Crombie ...
Bandy Legs
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Old Drunk
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Cath Carney
Arthur Dignam ...
Michelle Dyzla ...
Hairdresser
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In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. Written by Anonymous

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cattle | australia | darwin | japanese | drover | See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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26 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Austrália  »

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Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,294,414 (UK) (26 December 2008)

Gross:

$49,551,662 (USA) (20 March 2009)
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The orchestral score heard when Lady Ashley travels from England to Australia is an obvious homage to Johann Sebastian Bach's "Hunting Cantata" (BWV 208), especially the aria "Sheep may safely graze". Interestingly, Australian composer Percy Grainger used this cantata as a source of inspiration for some of his own compositions (Blithe Bells, 1931). See more »

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Sometimes during the attack scenes, the aircraft wheels are retracted; other times the wheels are extended while dropping bombs or firing at ground targets. This is not a goof, since the planes with extended landing gears are expected to be Aichi D3A "Val" bombers. This kind of plane had fixed landing gears. Other Japanese planes were Mitsubishi "Zeke" (or "Zero") fighters. The "Zekes" were embarked aircraft with retractable landing gears. See more »

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[first lines]
Nullah: My grandfather, King George, he take'em me walkabout, teach me black fella way. Grandfather teach'em me most important lesson of all. Tell'em story. That day I down the billabong. King George, he teach me how to catch'em fish using magic song. See, I not black fella. I not white fella either. Them white fellas call me mixed-blood, half-caste, creamy. I belong to no one.
King George: That day I see'em them white fellas. They were pushing them cheeky bulls across the river onto Carney land.
Nullah: [...]
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The Drover's Theme
Music by Elton John
Performed by Greg J. Walker
Produced by Greg J. Walker & Baz Luhrmann (as BLAM), Anton Monsted (as BLAM)
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Enjoyable Romantic Adventure
8 February 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1939, the aristocratic Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels from Great Britain to Australia to meet her husband Maitland Ashley in northern Australia. The husband's drover (Hugh Jackman) comes to the city of Darwin to bring Sarah to their farm; however, when they reach Faraway Downs Farm, they find that Maitland was murdered apparently by the aborigine King George (David Gulpilil). Sarah befriends the half-breed boy Nullah (Brandon Walters), who tells her that the administrator Neil Fletcher (David Wenham) is stealing her cattle; has killed her husband; and is working for the cattle baron King Carney (Bryan Brown). Sarah fires Fletcher and his men and together with Drover, Nullah and a group of loyal employees, they ride together to bring the cattle to supply the army and win a tender in times of war. But the ambitious Fletcher has other intentions and uses Nullah to press Sarah.

"Australia" is an enjoyable romantic adventure in times of war. The story is narrated by the storyteller Nullah and uses many historical events in Australia. For example, the lost generation was wonderfully depicted by Phillip Noyce in his "Rabbit-Proof Fence" and is brought back in this story. The movie has some moments of soap-opera, is too long but never boring. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Australia"


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