Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writers:

Edward Bond (screenplay), Donald G. Payne (novel) (as James Vance Marshall)
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Complete credited cast:
Jenny Agutter ... Girl
Luc Roeg ... White Boy (as Lucien John)
David Gulpilil ... Black Boy (as David Gumpilil)
John Meillon ... Father
Robert McDarra Robert McDarra ... Man (as Robert McDara)
Peter Carver Peter Carver ... No Hoper (as Pete Carver)
John Illingsworth John Illingsworth ... Girl's Husband
Hilary Bamberger Hilary Bamberger ... Father's Wife
Barry Donnelly Barry Donnelly ... Australian Scientist
Noeline Brown Noeline Brown ... German Scientist (as Noelene Brown)
Carlo Manchini Carlo Manchini ... Italian Scientist
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A privileged British family consisting of a mother, a geologist father and an adolescent daughter and son, live in Sydney, Australia. Out of circumstance, the siblings, not knowing exactly where they are, get stranded in the Outback by themselves while on a picnic. They only have with them the clothes on their backs - their school uniforms - some meagre rations of nonperishable food, a battery-powered transistor radio, the son's satchel primarily containing his toys, and a small piece of cloth they used as their picnic drop-cloth. While they walk through the Outback, sometimes looking as though near death, they come across an Australian boy who is on his walkabout, a rite of passage into manhood where he spends months on end on his own living off the land. Their largest problem is not being able to verbally communicate. The boy does help them to survive, but doesn't understand their need to return to civilization, which may or may not happen based on what the Australian boy ends up ... Written by Huggo

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A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier. Dangers they had never known before... A people they had never seen before... See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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GP | See all certifications »

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Jenny Agutter said in a 2002 interview that Walkabout became part of the English Literature syllabus in the late 70s and the film was shown in a lot of classrooms. That meant for years several schoolboys were watching her take off her clothes and swim fully naked. See more »

Goofs

Jenny's stockings variously disappear and reappear with no continuity. It seems earlier scenes with her wearing them are intermingled with later scenes where she doesn't wear them. See more »

Quotes

White Boy: The wheel's come off. Dad, my wheel's come off. The wheel's come off!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is a flash of white light on the screen and as it becomes a black screen, radio tuning is heard while the words "rien ne va plus" are shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

A version screened by the BBC in the early 80s featured some Easy-Rider style scene transitions (rapid cuts back and forth) not found in the other cuts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Walkabout to Hollywood (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Skye Boat Song
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish air
Lyrics by Sir Harold Boulton
Hummed by Jenny Agutter
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Who Says Silent Cinema Is Dead?
8 June 2005 | by loza-1See all my reviews

Although this is a sound film, and the characters talk to one another, this film could have been made just as well in the 1920s. It does not really need sound.

The film is about nature, and man's relationship with it. If a civilised person were left out in the desert, then they would soon die. But, as this film shows, there are people and creatures living out there quite happily.

The film has been criticised for having a weak beginning and a weak end. But where does the story of this film start? And where and when would you end it? Yes you can end it when the two children get back to civilisation. But does the story end there? No. Because of their experiences, things are never going to be the same again. And for them, the story has not finished, it is only just beginning.

I have seen this film several times and I notice something different every time I see it.


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UK | Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal | Czech | French

Release Date:

1 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walkabout See more »

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Budget:

AUD1,000,000 (estimated)
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| (1997 reissue) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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