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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
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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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Filming on the project finally began in spring 2007 and went on for nine hard months. Baz Luhrmann approached the filming with obsessive resolve. He constantly shot and re-shot scenes until he got it just the way he wanted. This obsessive attention to detail caused the project to go over budget and caused several scheduling problems. To further the production's difficulties, Australia itself was not very cooperative. On one occasion, the largest and most expensive of the sets for the film was completely flooded when huge rain showers hit a part of the country that rarely gets any rain at all. On other occasions, filming had to be delayed for days on end because of bad weather or poor lighting. Every delay was especially costly on this project, since Luhrmann employed hundreds of crew members and had a herd of fifteen hundred cattle that needed to be fed and cared for. This completely drained the budget allotted for the movie and production had to be improvised. Director was forced to go begging for more money and certain compromises had to be made. He even had to move the filming of the final scenes of the movie from Darwin, where they were supposed to take place, to Bowen because the local government provided him with 500,000 dollars to film there. See more »

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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.
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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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