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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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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)  »

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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 saved Hugh Jackman from a poisonous scorpion on the set. When she was about to join Hugh in the bag, she noticed a poisonous scorpion crawling up his leg. She calmly told him not to move, squatted down, scooped the arachnid into her hat, walked over to the woods, and released it. Everyone applauded, then asked why she hadn't just stomped on it. She replied, 'I would never kill an animal. Every creature here has its purpose. This one just didn't belong in Hugh's bag!" See more »

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When Nullah arrives at Faraway Downs and prepares to dismount his horse, someone off-camera is holding the horse by a visible third rein. 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 Beauty and the Geek Australia: Episode #4.9 (2012) See more »

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Written & Performed by Matthew Doyle
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Tremendous Romantic Adventure - Forget The Cynics!
25 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Australia is a totally unashamedly romantic adventure film painted on a huge canvas.

We totally enjoyed every minute: it is what cinema can be - stirring, fun, involving - and made us forget the world for nearly three hours.

If Spielberg had made this (And it really looks like he could have) it would be called a masterpiece - Luhrman has done a fantastic job and if it needed reediting then they got it right.

It is fun, big fun, with a real sense of adventure and romance and we loved it.

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman are well supported by an excellent cast and produce great chemistry.

All in all in a sea of serious films this stands out as being tremendously good entertainment and a marvelous film.

We love it.


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