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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.

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Girl
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White Boy (as Lucien John)
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Black Boy (as David Gumpilil)
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Father
Robert McDarra ...
Man (as Robert McDara)
Peter Carver ...
No Hoper (as Pete Carver)
John Illingsworth ...
Husband
Hilary Bamberger ...
Woman
Barry Donnelly ...
Australian Scientist
Noeline Brown ...
German Scientist (as Noelene Brown)
Carlo Manchini ...
Italian Scientist

Directed by

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Nicolas Roeg

Written by

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Edward Bond ... (screenplay)
 
Donald G. Payne ... (novel) (as James Vance Marshall)

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Anthony J. Hope ... associate producer
Si Litvinoff ... producer
Max L. Raab ... executive producer

Music by

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John Barry

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Nicolas Roeg ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Antony Gibbs
Alan Pattillo

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Brian Mann ... assistant film editor

Production Design by

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Brian Eatwell

Art Direction by

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Terry Gough

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Linda Richmond ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Grahame Jennings ... production manager
Irving Zeiger ... associate production manager

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Kevin Kavanagh ... assistant director

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Barry Brown ... location sound mixer
Gerry Humphreys ... dubbing mixer
Kevin Kearney ... boom operator

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Dean Goodhill ... stills
Peter Hannan ... focus
Mike Molloy ... camera operator
Anthony B. Richmond ... special photography (as Tony Richmond)

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John Barry ... conductor
Phil Ramone ... music producer
Sidney Margo ... music contractor (uncredited)
John Richards ... music engineer (uncredited)

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Annabel Davis-Goff ... continuity
Barbara Burleigh ... production coordinator: on location (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 doing. Written by Huggo

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • La randonnée (France)
  • L'inizio del cammino (Italy)
  • Walkabout - Mannaprovet (Sweden)
  • Der Traum vom Leben (West Germany)
  • Walkabout - Erämaan vangit (Finland)
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  • 100 min
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Budget AUD1,000,000 (estimated)

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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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Terror Nullius (2018). See more »
Soundtracks Includes electronic music from "Hymnen" See more »
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 »
Quotes The Girl: I don't know why you are telling him all this. He can't understand. He doesn't know what a ladder is. I expect we're the first white people he's seen.
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