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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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Release Date:

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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No fewer than 15 babies were born to cast and crew, one being Nicole Kidman's daughter, during the course of the very long production. See more »

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In the scene when Drover storms away from Faraway Downs after his argument with Sarah, the traces of the camera truck in front of his horse are clearly visible in the Sand. 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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Boab Lullaby
Music by Felix Meagher & Baz Luhrmann
Performed & Produced by Felix Meagher
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Unbearable
6 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the misfortune of watching Australia as a guest of a client. I didn't want to appear ungrateful, so I had to point my reluctant head at the screen for the duration of this horrible thing.

I have always found Nicole Kidman attractive, so I thought I'd at least enjoy looking at her. I instead dreaded her appearance from start to finish. I'm not a violent person, but found my innate slap reflex trying to fight its way to the surface.

She shrieks, she howls, she gasps, she pants, she swoons, she natters, she nearly faints at the sight of each character as they are introduced. Upon seeing her dead husband (Not a spoiler, it's over with immediately), she somehow forgets to do much of anything at all. I get that she's supposed to be prissy, but the part is painfully overacted.

A seemingly oversensitive warning at the beginning tells Aboriginal Australians they may see or hear a family member, so should exercise caution. Then, shortly into the movie, we're introduced to a Chinese character who is miles beyond stereotypical. I was completely insulted. The Aborigines are not given even the slightest shred of dignity. They're clownish fools who hide in the water tower, as if the Costco sized house afforded no hiding places.

It's a slapstick comedy where people die gruesome deaths. It's a western, where the lighting makes everyone look like they're in Mary Poppins. If this stinker doesn't kill the careers of everyone from the director to the water boy, it'll be a miracle.

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