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Australia (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  26 November 2008 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Shea Adams ...
Carney Boy #3
Tony Barry ...
Mission Boy (as Jamal Bednarz-Metallah)
Damian Bradford ...
Constable #1
Carney Boy #1
Tara Carpenter ...
Essential Services Woman
Rebecca Chatfield ...
Magarri's Niece
Lillian Crombie ...
Bandy Legs
Old Drunk
Cath Carney
Arthur Dignam ...
Michelle Dyzla ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Austrália  »

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Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,800,723 (USA) (28 November 2008)


$49,551,662 (USA) (20 March 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Last cinema film of Ray Barrett. See more »


The Japanese planes are shown dropping torpedoes on land based targets. While maybe appropriate for the ships in the harbor, no pilot would use a torpedo for a land-based target. See more »


[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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Time Passage
from Jane Eyre (1943)
Written by Bernard Herrmann
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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A complete con of a film, a national embarrassment
10 January 2009 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry, I'm going to say it: those people who have found anything remotely good about this film, a single saving feature, they are either Baz Luhrman's friend, worked on the set, or lobotomized.

It is simply one of the worst film's of this decade. It is a scandal, a sham, a complete con. Had the film been made by a lesser name it wouldn't matter so much, but after Romeo+Juliet, and Moulin Rouge, this is simply shameful.

Narratively is it all over the place, no sense of emotional rhythm at all, it a roller-coaster ride whose only result is nausea. It has as much originality in the script as 'Independence Day', and as many plot-holes as a cartoon comedy. 'Suspended disbelief' is an unknown concept here. Its music is a showcase of plagiarism (Arvo Part, English Hymns, Elgar etc.), when it is not grotesquely mis-matched or uses re-heated pieces of safe classics (ending with the Nimrod? Baz, have you gone completely ga-ga?!). I'm sure no one could disagree this is the worst Kidman has ever performed. Characters are not even two dimensional, they are stereotyped, shallow, souless, flat as cardboard. Use of aerial photography is used no doubt in an attempt to convey some form of 'grandeur' but succeeds only in aggravating an otherwise contrived set of failed picture postcards - when they are not blatantly flawed Never-Ending-Story level computer generated images. Baz has beaten the Americans at their own Hollywood cliché game, and the result is a badly kept promise by the director. Shame on him, shame on this sham. 150 million$ to produce such despicable drivle?! He should never be entrusted to make another film again. Australia the film, if it is not already, is a national embarrassment, with its over-kill socially correct and exploitative issues, and unrelenting absurd stereotypes it is not only doing harm to the country, but to cinema as a whole.

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