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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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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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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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$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,294,414 (UK) (26 December 2008)

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$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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After the cattle stampede, the cattle are shown running backwards. 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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inept quilt of genre clichés
30 November 2008 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

Not sure if the making of this film was a cynical money-grubbing craft of old Hollywood genre clichés stitched together in soul-less fashion to try to evoke cheap emotional responses -- or if it is simply ineptitude. But this film is one shameful P.O.S. This felt less like an attempt to convey important themes and messages, more to manipulate an audience in ham-handed fashion. The treatment is artificial to the point of predictable, phony and Disney-esquire. I stayed to the end, but felt that I'd been ripped off by the filmmaker intent on making a buck, not to make a great film. A shame, I am a fan of Jackman and Kidman. Their acting was fine, the fault lies with the script and director.


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