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The Tracker (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Western | 8 August 2002 (Australia)
It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of ... See full summary »

Director:

Rolf de Heer

Writer:

Rolf de Heer
16 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
David Gulpilil ... The Tracker
Gary Sweet ... The Fanatic
Damon Gameau ... The Follower
Grant Page ... The Veteran
Noel Wilton Noel Wilton ... The Fugitive
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It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of capturing him with the help of an experienced Native Australian (The Tracker). So they start their quest in the outback, not knowing that their inner wrestles against and for racism will be more dangerous that the actual hunting for the accused. Written by Bruno Benton

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The Fanatic. The Follower. The Fugitive. The Tracker. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

Certificate:

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Composer Graham Tardif wrote the music and melody for the ten original songs for the film following which screenwriter Rolf de Heer wrote the songs' lyrics. "That liberated Graham in what he could do and it meant I had a bit of word-smithing to do. And it's taken me quite some time. It has been quite difficult," de heer said. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Tracker: About half a day ahead, boss, and he's gettin' tired.
The Fanatic: Tell me when it gets to dark. Come on. Keep going.
The Tracker: Okay, boss. Like this?
[mock running and galloping]
The Tracker: We'll catch him quick.
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Connections

Featured in Gulpilil: One Red Blood (2002) See more »

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Deserved winner of Australian Film Institute Best Actor category 2002
19 August 2003 | by roland-sinnSee all my reviews

We Australians have a lot of issues to deal with, especially when it comes to reconciliation between the Aboriginal owners of Australia and Anglo settlers. The issues are difficult to come to terms with because there's been so much blood spilt in the past.

On the outset of The Tracker, my viewing partner commented: ‘This film is going to be very difficult to watch.' He said this because it was obvious that there were going to be depictions of Aboriginals being mistreated by white folk. Yes, abuse and slaughter were depicted, but in an exceptionally sensitive manner that was non-confronting yet extremely effective.

The Tracker is a very unusual film. It is languid and leisurely paced, very reminiscent of 70's Australian cinema. A modern musical score features strongly throughout the story and constantly pushes the film towards the brink of ‘Musical', though fortunately Tracker doesn't cross that brink.

After the first 30 minutes, I grew bored. After 40 minutes however, I felt in tune with the film and began to find it beautiful. After a slow start, Tracker becomes a well crafted character study of men from another age with very different perspectives to modern Australians.

I don't know how North American audiences will take to The Tracker because it is a film made for Australians to teach us about aspects of our past which are uncomfortable to face up to, let alone deal with.

David Gulpilil , who plays the title role, deservedly won the 2002 AFI best actor award. He gives a tightly controlled performance of a sympathetic yet mysterious character who suffers from the same human flaws as the rest of us.

7/10


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Official Sites:

Cyan Films | Madman Entertainment | See more »

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

8 August 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,993, 19 January 2004

Gross USA:

$55,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$672,495
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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