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Australia (2008)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shea Adams ... Carney Boy #3
... Bull
... Ramsden
... Sergeant Callahan
... Mission Boy (as Jamal Bednarz-Metallah)
Damian Bradford ... Constable #1
... King Carney
... Carney Boy #1
Tara Carpenter ... Essential Services Woman
Rebecca Chatfield ... Magarri's Niece
Lillian Crombie ... Bandy Legs
... Old Drunk
... Cath Carney
Arthur Dignam ... Father Benedict
Michelle Dyzla ... Hairdresser
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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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26 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,800,723, 30 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,554,002, 26 March 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,342,221, 30 June 2012
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Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman sang as penguin couple Norma Jean and Memphis, parents of Mumble in the 2006 animated film "Happy Feet". See more »

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During the ball, Sarah suddenly appears in a close-up with her make-up redone. Her lipstick is the most obvious change. 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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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.61 (2015) See more »

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Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Written by Edward Elgar
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Great film
7 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

"Australia" is one of the greatest films ever made. It has everything that made great movies such as "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago": An epic plot, great performances, and lots of beautiful and memorable scenes.

"Australia" is simply one of the greatest movie that I've ever saw, along with "Avatar" from James Cameron. I can't believe that such a great film like this received so many bad reviews, while horrible, and overrated films like "The Expendables" receive a lot of hype and praise.

"Australia" was a great film, filled with lots of emotions: It has romance, comedy, drama and excitement. It is easily one of the greatest films ever made, and definitely it deserves a lot of more appreciation.

I can't believe that this film wasn't nominated at the category for best picture...Now, that's unfair.


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