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Australia (2008)

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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
Sergeant Callahan
Mission Boy (as Jamal Bednarz-Metallah)
Damian Bradford ...
Constable #1
King Carney
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 USA:

$14,800,723, 30 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,554,002, 26 March 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,342,221, 30 June 2012
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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fifteen babies were born to cast and crew during production, including Nicole Kidman's second oldest daughter. See more »


In a scene marked 1939, an Australian newspaper advertises The Wizard of Oz. It was released in Australia in April 1940. 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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Referenced in Law & Order: UK: Hidden (2009) See more »


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Enjoyable Romantic Adventure
8 February 2009 | by 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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