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Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen (original title)
R | | Drama | 8 February 1985 (USA)
A geologist employed by an Australian mining company finds himself disputing the rights of some aborigines who believe their land to be sacred.

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Werner Herzog

Writers:

Werner Herzog, Bob Ellis (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Spence ... Lance Hackett
Wandjuk Marika Wandjuk Marika ... Miliritbi
Roy Marika Roy Marika ... Dayipu
Ray Barrett ... Cole
Norman Kaye ... Baldwin Ferguson
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Fletcher
Nick Lathouris ... Arnold
Basil Clarke Basil Clarke ... Judge Blackburn
Ray Marshall Ray Marshall ... Solicitor General Coulthard
Dhungala I. Makika Dhungala I. Makika
Gary Williams Gary Williams ... Watson
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ... Fitzsimmons
Robert Brissenden Robert Brissenden
Michael Edols Michael Edols ... Young attorney
Bob Ellis Bob Ellis ... Supermarket manager
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The geologist Lance Hackett is employed by an Australian mining company to map the subsoil of a desert area covered with ant hills prior to a possible uranium extraction. His work is impeded by some aborigines who explain that this is the place where the green ants dream. Disturbing their dreaming will destroy humanity they claim. Hackett informs the company which offers various "solutions" such as a large amount of money or a percentage of a possible revenue. Invited on a trip to a city some of the aborigines sees a military aeroplane and express the wish to own it. The company buys it and gives it to the aborigines as a sign of good will. A runway is made in the desert and the plane is flown to the location. All negotiations concerning the area fail and the dispute goes to a court of the Commonwealth. Parties and experts are heard, obstacles are met such as an aborigine who is the sole survivor of his tribe (and language) and therefore no-one understands what he is saying. Two of ... Written by Frank Dabelstein <frank@dabelstein.dk>

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Drama

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Country:

West Germany | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

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Where the Green Ants Dream See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Lance Hackett: The situation, your Honor, is this man is the the sacred custodian to the secrets of this tribe. And his tribe has died out. He is the sole and final survivor of his people, his clan. They call him the mute, because there is nobody left on this earth for him to speak with.
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Travails With My Ant
2 February 2004 | by Prof_LostiswitzSee all my reviews

I hadn't thought that Herzog was capable of making a good film without Kinski, only some pretentious artsy thing like Heart of Glass.

Well, Green Ants proves me wrong. This is a great film that shows the conflict between white and aboriginal civilizations without being sentimental or condescending to either side. With Hollywood we'd some cliché about noble savages and suchlike, but here you get the feeling of dealing with real human beings.

Oh yeah, the plot deals with an Australian mining company that wants to blow up a sacred site to do mineral exploitation. Herzog avoids stereotyped poses to bring out the situation as it would occur in real life. Plus you get some great shots of the outback.

I plan to lend this one to all my aboriginal friends!


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