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Broken Hill (2009)

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A sheep-rancher's son aspires to win a music conservatory scholarship, but to apply he needs musicians who can play his music. Circumstances lead him to form a band out of prison inmates.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy McAlpine
Kat Rogers (as Alexa Vega)
Scott Price
George McAlpine
Kalai Takalua
John Clark ...
Maestro Pindari
Leo Taylor ...
Warden Bill Rude
George Kapiniaris ...
Ricardo Romero
Ebony Ween ...
Ricardo's Daughter
Luke O'Loughlin ...
Adam Groecke ...
Jock Boy (as Adam Grocke)
Peter Lamb ...
Officer Jack Taylor
Todd Telford ...
Bells Player - Jeffrey
Hung Le ...
Cho the Violin Player


Tommy, a gifted teenage composer, dreams of being accepted into the famous Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Unfortunately, a good band is hard to find in the middle of Outback Australia - until a strange incident involving flying watermelons leads him to a group of talented prison inmates. Written by H. Rose

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Family | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language





Release Date:

11 September 2009 (USA)  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,140 (USA) (11 September 2009)


$50,076 (USA) (18 September 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Luke Arnold's first feature film. See more »


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12 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this film. It was a bit slow and I would have liked to have seen more musical progress at the jail house .. but I can understand that they wanted you to wait until the end to see how it turned out. I like that it is Australia-based. Definitely better than the other movies I have seen this summer. I went with my boyfriend for my birthday. I was concerned that he would not like it. But he said that he liked it. THere were a few cute lines in the movie referencing the trouble men get in on account of women. Most of the other movie goers were quite old in the movie. There is no sex or violence at all. It is a safe movie for a first date or family event. No one will be offended by the movie. Also, no annoying political undertones.

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