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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

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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All men choose the path they walk See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

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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:

El rastro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The neck chains were made for the film by a modern-day blacksmith who specialized in theatrical props but director Rolf de Heer was concerned about the discomfort both actors David Gulpilil and Gary Sweet might experience wearing them. "When David tried one on we shook our heads in a collective and belated 'sorry'," 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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Featured in Outtakes (2003) See more »

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Slow but Unforgettable
12 June 2008 | by ali-37See all my reviews

This was a DVD rental that took me completely by surprise. The story of three Australians using an aborigine tracker to hunt for a aborigine man wanted for raping and killing a woman unwinds slowly as they cross the wilderness. Untimately it's about racism and the head soldier is a racist who treats the tracker like he's not human. He kills innocent natives after questioning them about the fugitive's whereabouts. It's the tracker's performance, however,that steals the film. I recognized him from the movie Walkabout when he was just a boy. Now he's a man in his fifties, playing the fool in the film but grinning knowingly at the events that challenge the hunt. Fortunately, not all the white men are portrayed as evil. I found myself thinking about this film days later. Truly remarkable film-making.


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