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The Overlanders (1946)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 26 December 1946 (USA)
It's the start of WWII in Northern Australia. The Japanese are getting close. People are evacuating and burning everything in a "scorched earth" policy. Rather than kill all their cattle, a... See full summary »

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John Nugent Hayward ... Bill Parsons
Daphne Campbell ... Mary Parsons
Jean Blue ... Mrs. Parsons
Helen Grieve ... Helen Parsons
John Fernside ... Corky
Peter Pagan ... Sailor ("Sinbad")
Frank Ransome ... Charlie
Stan Tolhurst ... Manager
Marshall Crosby ... Minister
John Fegan ... Police Sergeant
Clyde Combo ... Aborigine Jacky
Henry Murdoch ... Aborigine Nipper
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It's the start of WWII in Northern Australia. The Japanese are getting close. People are evacuating and burning everything in a "scorched earth" policy. Rather than kill all their cattle, a disparate group decides to drive them overland half way across the continent. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A dramatic epic that echoes the heart beats of Australia's Greatness!

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Chips Rafferty starred alongside Jack Lemmon playing the island watcher Patterson in the 1960 The Wackiest Ship in the Army. See more »

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This film is based on fact but the characters are fictitious: any similarity to any name or individual is coincidental. See more »

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For its time - a very fine film
10 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a simple story well told, although some allowance has to be made for the limited acting skills of the principals, and for the obvious budgetary constraints (let's not forget the world was recovering from a major upheaval in 1946 when the film was made).

The characters are believable, as are their motivations and reactions to obstacles. The women are as sure-footed as the men (unusually for the time), and the same can be said for the aboriginals with respect to the white characters.

It doesn't quite qualify to be classified with (the original) "Flight of the Phoenix" but watching it is a far better way to spend a couple of hours on a wet afternoon than watching the remake of THAT excellent film.

In summary - believable (and tight) story line, above average script, acceptable acting but let down by some minimalist cinematography which doesn't make the best use of the available landscape.


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