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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

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In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a journey across the Outback.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Molly Craig
... Daisy Craig Kadibill
Laura Monaghan ... Gracie Fields
... Moodoo
Ningali Lawford ... Maud - Molly's Mother
Myarn Lawford ... Molly's Grandmother
... Mavis
... Constable Riggs
... A.O. Neville
Natasha Wanganeen ... Nina, Dormitory Boss
Garry McDonald ... Mr. Neal at Moore River
... Police Inspector
Lorna Lesley ... Miss Thomas (as Lorna Leslie)
Celine O'Leary ... Miss Jessop
Kate Roberts ... Matron at Moore River
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Western Australia, 1931. Government policy includes taking half-caste children from their Aboriginal mothers and sending them a thousand miles away to what amounts to indentured servitude, "to save them from themselves." Molly, Daisy, and Grace (two sisters and a cousin who are 14, 10, and 8) arrive at their Gulag and promptly escape, under Molly's lead. For days they walk north, following a fence that keeps rabbits from settlements, eluding a native tracker and the regional constabulary. Their pursuers take orders from the government's "chief protector of Aborigines," A.O. Neville, blinded by Anglo-Christian certainty, evolutionary world view and conventional wisdom. Can the girls survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If you were kidnapped by the government, would you walk the 1500 miles back home? See more »


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Rated PG for emotional thematic material | See all certifications »

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31 January 2003 (USA)  »

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Long Walk Home  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,352, 27 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,165,429, 27 April 2003
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2.35 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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The speech in the film to a Perth ladies charity society by actor Kenneth Branagh, playing A.O. Neville, was never made by the real Neville. The words did not come from a transcript found in any historical archive but were created for the film by screenwriter Christine Olsen. See more »

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Moodoo: This girl is clever. She wants to go home.
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The painting songs sung by the Walpiri, Amatjere and Wangajunka women were not sacred songs, but were songs able to be performed in public. See more »


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Jigalong
Vocals by Elsie Thomas, Jewess James, Myarn Lawford,Rosie Goodji, Janganpa Group
Dulcimer [Hammered Dulcimer] and Twelve-String Guitar: Richard Evans
Percussion, Bass [Keyboard Bass]: David Rhodes
Percussion: Ged Lynch
Surdo [Surdu]: Peter Gabriel
Strings: Electra Strings
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Superb and Devastating
18 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Yes we've seen children-on-the-run films, but such glib commentary demeans this true life drama and its implications in real life. This magnificent and tragic story is yet another must-see in re:the little holocausts that have gone on, even in the most "civilized" nations - in this case Australia. What a touching story of three girls, marvelously portrayed by unknown young actresses, who escape from a horrific government policy, initiated by white supremacist Australia pre-Hitler and Nazi Germany. It is odd to say this is beautifully filmed in the Australian outback... and Kenneth Brannagh, echoing his recent portrayal as Heydrich in "Conspiracy", plays white evil incarnate - a prim bureaucrat diligently doing his government job's mandate - to cleanse Australia of "half breeds" in a most heinous (if not deadly) fashion. It is compelling from beginning to end, and the epilogue is most chilling and bittersweet. Superior and meaningful film making.


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