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Storm Boy (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 28 July 1977 (Australia)
Mike is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.


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Complete credited cast:
Greg Rowe Greg Rowe ... Mike 'Storm Boy' Kingley
Peter Cummins Peter Cummins ... Tom 'Hide-Away Tom' Kingley
David Gulpilil ... Fingerbone (as Gulpilil)
Judy Dick Judy Dick ... Miss Walker
Tony Allison Tony Allison ... Ranger
Michael Moody Michael Moody ... Boat Master
Graham Dow Graham Dow ... Edwards
Eric Mack Eric Mack ... Jones
Frank Foster-Brown Frank Foster-Brown ... Lynch
Michael Caulfield Michael Caulfield ... Hunter
Paul Smith Paul Smith ... Hunter
Hedley Cullen ... Marina Manager


Storm Boy tells the story of a 10-year-old boy, called Mick by his father Tom, and Storm Boy by the Aboriginal loner Fingerbone he befriends. This boy is growing up in an isolated corrugated iron shed next to a wildlife sanctuary. He lives with his father, who supports them by fishing alone. He is not attending school; he is illiterate and ignorant. Mick's father resents any intrusion of their secluded life, be it a washed-up radio or a mob of idiot bird shooters who kill a number of birds before they are scared off by Fingerbone. Amongst the dead are some pelicans whose chicks are still in the nest. The boy brings them home to care for. His father isn't keen, but permits it. Three pelicans become a lot to feed when they reach maturity, so his father insists on releasing them. Two are never seen again, but one, Mr Percival, keeps coming back. Another intruder is the new primary school teacher, brought by the park ranger. She is concerned about the boy's education, and pushes hard for ... Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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Gather the family for something special. See more »


Drama | Family


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Release Date:

28 July 1977 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A vihar fia See more »


Box Office


AUD 320,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

AUD 2,645,000, 9 August 2004
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Technical Specs


| (short version) (edited) (short)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mr. Percival, one of the three pelican actors, died on 3 September 2009 at Adelaide Zoo. Mr. Percival was thirty-three years old when he passed away due to old age, having father seven chicks with partner Alto. Prior to living at the zoo, Mr. Percival lived at Marineland until it closed in 1988 and was also known under a zoo name of Gringo. See more »


When Tom and Mile and Fingerbone return to the Coorong as the boat, "Tern" leaves Goolwa harbour, they are not towing Mike's raft but when they arrive back at the jetty, they are. See more »


Tom 'Hide-Away Tom' Kingsley: We gotta stick together don't we?
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Alternate Versions

A half-hour edited shortened version of the feature film exists running approximately about thirty-two minutes. See more »


Referenced in The Australian Image (1988) See more »

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Lovely film, extraordinary pelicans!
9 April 2015 | by janejermyn-71085See all my reviews

I found this film on youtube after seeing a few clips on BBC2's 'Coast Australia'. I have just been to Australia and to the Coorong in particular, so was delighted to find the film, for all sorts of reasons.

The cinematography was very atmospheric, making the best of the scenery and the weather. The young boy - Mike or Storm Boy - a name given to him by Fingerbone, an Aboriginal man he befriends, was excellent in the part. By the way it has been wrongly stated in other reviews that this was David Gulpilil's film debut - it was not - he played the young aboriginal boy in "Walkabout" some years earlier. Gulpilil is always a fine actor.

The pelicans were a delight - I had no idea they could be trained like that and watching them and the interaction with Storm Boy was extraordinary. It might be classed as a film for children, but many adults would enjoy it - I certainly did.

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