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Walkabout (1971)

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Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "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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Cast

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 ... Husband
Hilary Bamberger Hilary Bamberger ... Woman
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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A boy and a girl lost in the desert. Nothing between them but death and an aborigine See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal | Czech | French

Release Date:

1 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Longa Caminhada See more »

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Budget:

AUD 1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1997 reissue) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Colour)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jenny Agutter was embarrassed when doing the scene of her swimming naked in the lake, so as many as possible of the crew were sent away. When shooting was done they returned, stripped naked, and went for a swim. See more »

Goofs

The girl asks to be taken to the city of Adelaide, the children's destination in the novel. However, the city shown at the start and end of the film is clearly Sydney, which is several thousand kilometers (and two states) away from Adelaide. See more »

Quotes

White Boy: That's the trouble with all these series. You always know the superhero is going to get away with it. That's the trouble with Batman and in The Saint. You always know he's going to win all the fights in the end. That's the trouble with all these series. Even Bugs Bunny wins all the time! If we were superheroes, we would definitely win.
The Girl: Yes.
White Boy: Are we superheroes?
The Girl: I don't know. I hope so.
White Boy: So do I.
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Crazy Credits

Opening caption: In Australia, when an Aborigine man-child reaches sixteen, he is sent out into the land. For months he must live from it. Sleep on it. Eat of its fruit and flesh. Stay alive. Even if it means killing his fellow creatures. The Aborigines call it the WALKABOUT. This is the story of a "WALKABOUT". See more »

Alternate Versions

A director's cut of this movie was released in 1997 with 5 additional minutes. This cut is identical to the original British release version (100 minutes): the film was shortened by five minutes for its original American release. See more »


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Gasoline Alley
By Rod Stewart
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What's this talk about "Walkabout"
30 July 2000 | by rlcsljoSee all my reviews

In the late sixties and early seventies there was an unusual kind of excitement when you went to the movies. It probably had not happened since movies were first invented and has not happened since in commercial theatrical releases. This was the feeling of "I don't know what is going to happen next"! What happened one day was completely unexpected when I first saw the opening of "Walkabout". The introduction gave almost no clue as to what was to come next, but it was visually and aurally fascinating. The rapidity in which the plot shifted gears made you more sympathetic to the plight of our main characters. The sudden appearance of the Aborigine boy in the nick of time and his taking them under his wing. Then surprises of all surprises--our heroine does many nude scenes. Then her final look of yearning at the end suddenly explains it all. All the while Roeg is doing a travelogue of the Australian outback. This movie is pure genius from beginning to end. A must for any movie collection.


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