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Robbery Under Arms (1957)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 1958 (USA)
Two brothers join their father in Captain Starlight's bush ranger gang in 19th Century Australia.

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... Starlight
... Dick
... Jim
... Kate
... Jean
Ursula Finlay ... Grace
... Ben
... Ma
Edna Morris ... Aunt
Dudy Nimmo ... Eileen
Vincent Ball ... George Storefield
... Goring
... Burke (as Laurence Taylor)
John Cadell ... Warrigal (as Johnny Cadell)
Colin Ballantyne ... Runnimal
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Two brothers join their father in Captain Starlight's bush ranger gang in 19th Century Australia.

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ROLF BOLDREWOOD'S famous story of Australia's lusty pioneer days has been made into an outstanding color film. It is by far the best film made in Australia. Peter Finch gives his finest performance as Captain Starlight, gentleman, robber, whose most potent weapons were a polite phrase and a disarming smile. See more »


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A Lei da Violência  »

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The name of source novelist Rolf Boldrewood was an alias / pen-name / pseudonym / nom-de-plume for Thomas Alexander Browne (1826-1915). See more »

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Opening credits prologue: AUSTRALIA 1865 See more »

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Version of Robbery Under Arms (1985) See more »

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British director captured dissenting strands of Aussie psyche
9 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Awkward in fitting English actors into a faraway setting, and yes, over-coloured in Technicolor: so this English director caught some of the paradoxes of Australia, the raw young country less than 100 years settled in Boldrewood's yarn. Three things Jack Lee (who died only c2003) understood and expressed more fully than perhaps anyone, English or Australian. First, the wild irresponsibility of the bushranger released from society's constraints (Peter Finch's manic side caught this brilliantly). Second, the special eternal power of the ancient bush country (in this case, the Flinders Ranges, also the setting for 2002's The Tracker). Third, however briefly seen, the deep calm and perfect attunement to his country of the native man Warrigal, so that in this raw place, it is only the dispossessed who has ownership - a nod here to the real-life horseman Johnny Cadell, a screen natural.


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