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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:
Kat Rogers (as Alexa Vega)
Scott Price
Kalai Takalua
John Clark ...
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


Music was their second chance.


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 USA:

$32,140, 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,076, 20 September 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Luke Arnold's first feature film. See more »


George McAlpine: Tommy, your performance yesterday was an embarrassment. Now you want to go away to some music college, and you're not even good enough to impress a bunch of graziers? You're a cocky, Tommy. Everything else is just a road to nowhere. Now, listen to me. We have bled and sweat our lives into Harmony Station. Through drought and rain, that land has supported McAlpines for three generations, and if you want to throw that all away to pursue some worthless folly, at least have the common sense to find...
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Excellent movie for music lovers
12 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I, without a doubt, give the max grade to this movie and as of tonight it made my TOP 10 EVER list of movies. If you're looking for that special something, the out-of-the-box thinking coupled with good advice, lots of perseverance, focus on the goal and hard work. The road is bumpy and not without surprises but the ultimate result of Tommy's work in teaming up inmates for evading their status quo by reaching out the freedom of expression through music is unbelievable. I have never had so much energy from a piece of music such as Tommy's concert in Sydney. Kat sees the real Tommy and that changes her scary life down- spiral, too. They both find love in the community project that changed many lives. Family matters, friendship and good over evil prevail, it's all around a great movie to watch. Strongly recommended to families with children.

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