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The Tracker (2002)

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

Certificate:

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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

Artist Peter Coad was commissioned to paint fourteen scenes on large canvases with anamorphic aspect ratios so they could be filmed and edited into the picture. 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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Brilliantly written and directed by Rolf de Heer
20 February 2004 | by YesterdaysJamSee all my reviews

Into a painted landscape come four men. Three policemen on horseback, and a native tracker leading them on foot. They are chasing another native, accused of murder, who is occasionally glimpsed in the distance. As they trek further into the wilderness, the fugitive remains elusive, and the brutal aggression of the expedition leader turns the mission sour.

Brilliantly written and directed by Rolf de Heer, this is a great film. Performances by the two main protagonists, David Gulpilil as the Tracker, and Gary Sweet as the Fanatic, are excellent. And the stark beauty of the Australian outback has never been captured so lovingly on film.


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