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Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.

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Baz Luhrmann

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Stuart Beattie (screenplay), Baz Luhrmann (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shea Adams Shea Adams ... Carney Boy #3
Eddie Baroo ... Bull
Ray Barrett ... Ramsden
Tony Barry ... Sergeant Callahan
Jamal Sydney Bednarz Jamal Sydney Bednarz ... Mission Boy (as Jamal Bednarz-Metallah)
Damian Bradford Damian Bradford ... Constable #1
Bryan Brown ... King Carney
Nathin Butler ... Carney Boy #1
Tara Carpenter Tara Carpenter ... Essential Services Woman
Rebecca Chatfield Rebecca Chatfield ... Magarri's Niece
Lillian Crombie Lillian Crombie ... Bandy Legs
Max Cullen ... Old Drunk
Essie Davis ... Cath Carney
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Father Benedict
Michelle Dyzla Michelle Dyzla ... Hairdresser
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Storyline

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Austrália See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,800,723, 30 November 2008

Gross USA:

$49,554,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,342,221
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2.39 : 1
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Nicole Kidman prepared for her role by touring the country with her family, riding horses, and even castrating bulls. See more »

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After Drover cuts the rope to block Carney's people from loading their cattle, the door goes down right in front of a cow. In the next shot, no cattle are in the passage. See more »

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[first lines]
Nullah: My grandfather, King George, he take'em me walkabout, teach me black fella way. Grandfather teach'em me most important lesson of all. Tell'em story. That day I down the billabong. King George, he teach me how to catch'em fish using magic song. See, I not black fella. I not white fella either. Them white fellas call me mixed-blood, half-caste, creamy. I belong to no one.
King George: That day I see'em them white fellas. They were pushing them cheeky bulls across the river onto Carney land.
Nullah: [...]
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18 July 2011 | by asda-manSee all my reviews

Baz creates another super enjoyable, visual spectacular! Although maybe not as good as "Romeo + Juliet" or "Moulin Rouge!" it certainly isn't much worse. "Australia" is a hugely enjoyable epic romantic adventure with plenty of exciting set pieces to keep you watching. I don't quite understand why nobody enjoys this? If Australia was made around the same time as "Gone With the Wind" I know that everybody would be drooling over it saying, "Oh it's the best film of all time!" Or whatever you call "Gone With the Wind" (I haven't seen it) because Baz has created a love-letter to those old epics and it's a welcome breath of fresh air to our screens.

At a hefty 3 hours long, I was expecting to find myself getting a bit bored along the way like parts in "Titanic" and even Peter Jackson's "King Kong" seemed to drag a wee bit at the start. However not once did I feel bored or restless during "Australia". This film isn't slow! It paces along beautifully, don't expect a high octane shoot-out because it's a romantic drama for God's sakes mammy! The screenplay (like all good epics) manages to make you laugh, manages to make you cry (no I didn't cry, but you might!) And it also manages to transport you on the journey with the characters. I found "Australia" absorbing and captivating.

The best part for me was the gorgeous cinematography. The whole film is magnificently shot, with some awe-inspiring scenery. Baz also shows off his incredible directing once again, one of the highlights being the exciting cattle herding across the desert. Baz injects that wonderful life into the film once again, as well as projecting a great story about a boy and his love for Nicole Kidman (no don't be silly!) And Hugh Jackman who sort of act as his surrogate parents. It's also about the love between Nicole And Hugh, although I think I would've liked to have seen better chemistry between them. It seemed like the hated each other at times when they were supposed to be madly in love! "Australia" also boasts a really evil villain! Almost on the same lines as Christoph Waltz in "Inglorious Basterds".

So with some great characters who we can care about, and also with some really exciting and beautifully shot scenes. "Australia" is another Baz masterpiece. It has all the ingredients for a superb epic romantic adventure. So why am I the only one who likes it?


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