Australia


Australia
Baz Luhrmann attempted to create the Australian equivalent of ''Gone With the Wind'', but most critics feel that he did not succeed. Set in the 1940s, an English aristocrat travels to Australia to take over her deceased husband's ranch. In true western style, there is a local bigshot baddie intent on cornering the beef market, and her farm is his next target. She ropes in a local drover to help her drive a herd to market, and they get to know each other well along the way. Throw in a mixed-race adoptee and Japanese bombing campaigns, and all the necessary ingredients are in place for a sweeping epic, which borrows from many other famous movies of the past.

163 minutes.
Mature Accompaniment under 13 (Language, Violence).
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War, Western.

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Credits

Cast
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Bryan Brown, Brandon Walters, David Wenham
Director
Baz Luhrmann
ScreenplayBaz Luhrmann, Stuart Beattie, Ronald Harwood, Richard Flanagan
MusicDavid Hirschfelder
CinematographyMandy Walker
EditingDody Dorn, Michael McCusker
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SA distributorNu Metro
Made in2008
Produced byBazmark Films, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer
5
Die Burger
Mariana Malan
10
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
10
iAfrica.com
Lisa Human quote iconComes across as a sappy, contrived and overly long piece of nothingness.
8
The Citizen
Bruce Dennill quote iconFor all that it's set in the city of Darwin, this is a project that completely fails to evolve.
8
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconBaz Luhrmann dreamed of making the Australian ''Gone With the Wind,'' and so he has, with much of that film's lush epic beauty and some of the same awkwardness with a national legacy of racism.
15
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconThis is most definitely the kind of big, blustery, pop-mythic epic that Hollywood doesn’t make any more but maybe we should be thankful for that — they’re bloody exhausting.
10
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconA would-be epic on a grand, David Lean-inspired scale, Australia falls far short of intentions and expectations. (One wonders whether rumored studio meddling has anything to do with this.)
13
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconIf looks were everything, director Baz Luhrmann's epic salute to his native land would be the movie of the year. But, crikey, a padded script bloated with subplots and shameless sentimentality can wear you down.
10
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconThe sprawling and ambitious pic will likely go down as yet another piece of Australian history, big and costly, but ultimately forgotten by most.
10
Metacritic.com
38 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
162 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconBuilt on lavish vistas and impeccable production, Australia is unfortunately burdened with thinly drawn characters and a lack of originality.
11

What the People say

Internet
6015 Netizens quote iconThose not familiar or not fans of Baz's style stand a greater chance of not liking this
15

Average .. 53%

11

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