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Samson and Delilah (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 May 2009 (Australia)
A glue-sniffing boy and his girlfriend escape the government-controlled no-hope Aboriginal community they live in and go to the city, Alice Springs, looking for a better life.

Director:

Warwick Thornton
22 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan McNamara Rowan McNamara ... Samson
Marissa Gibson Marissa Gibson ... Delilah
Mitjili Napanangka Gibson Mitjili Napanangka Gibson ... Nana (as Mitjili Gibson)
Scott Thornton Scott Thornton ... Gonzo
Matthew Gibson Matthew Gibson ... Samson's Brother / Verandah Band (as Matthew 'MG' Gibson)
Peter Bartlett Peter Bartlett ... Store Manager
Noreen Robertson Nampijinpa Noreen Robertson Nampijinpa ... Community Lady (as Noreen Robertson)
Kenrick Martin Kenrick Martin ... Wheelchair Boy (as Kenrick 'Ricco' Martin)
Audrey Martin Audrey Martin ... Payback Auntie
Fiona Gibson Fiona Gibson ... Payback Aunty
Morgaine Wallace Morgaine Wallace ... Checkout Lady
Tony 'Brownie' Brown Tony 'Brownie' Brown ... Security Guard
Roland Gallois Roland Gallois ... Art Gallery Owner
Patricia Shelper Patricia Shelper ... Art Store Lady
Alfreda Glynn Alfreda Glynn ... Art Store Customer
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Storyline

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Written by Beck Cole

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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True Love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

7 May 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Samson & Delilah See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Warwick Thornton always planned to have Mitjili Napanangka Gibson in his film. Only trouble was that Gibson can't read and English is not her native language. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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demanding
22 November 2009 | by petersj-2See all my reviews

This movie is one that demands something from the movie goer. It needs to grow on you slowly. The pace is slow and if the audience is patient and prepared to give something back to the film it will affect you. I found it repetitive at first but rather than switching off I stayed with it and was glad I did. The acting is excellent. It is not a movie for the feint hearted and it is depressing. It should be. It is a film about hopelessness. Its hard to like Samson yet there are moments he smiles and your heart goes out to him. Della is superb as is the old woman and the drunken man who lets them share his home. Films like this should be made as there is an honesty you rarely see, the film is not dogged by political correctness. There is a danger people will not feel compassion for the characters as they are not glamorous likable people. The more you allow the film to touch you and you open your heart and your mind you will feel great compassion and love.


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