Australia

Australia

DVD - 2009
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Australia, 1940s. An English aristocrat inherits a large ranch. English cattle barons plot to take her land and she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle drover to protect her ranch. Together they experience four life-altering years, a love affair and the bombing of Darwin during World War II
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2009]
Branch Call Number: DVD Australia
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Jun 25, 2017

Directed by Baz Luhrmann, this is a 2008 Australian-American-British historical adventure-romance set between 1939 and 1942 against a dramatised backdrop of events across northern Australia at the time.
The Bombing of Darwin, also known as the Battle of Darwin, on 19 February 1942 was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.
On that day, 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, attacked the town, ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasion of Timor and Java during World War II.
The Japanese inflicted heavy losses upon Allied forces at little cost to themselves.
The urban areas of Darwin also suffered some damage from the raids and there were a number of civilian casualties.
More than half of Darwin's civilian population left the area permanently, during or immediately after the attack.
The only Japanese force which landed in Australia during the war was a small reconnaissance party which landed in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia on 19 January 1944 to investigate reports that the Allies were building large bases in the region.
This party consisted of four Japanese officers on board a small fishing boat and it investigated the York Sound region for a day and a night before returning to Kupang in Timor on 20 January.
While the junior officer who commanded the party suggested using 200 Japanese prison inmates to launch a guerrilla campaign in Australia when he returned to Japan in February, nothing came of this and the officer was posted to other duties.
According to historian Peter Stanley, "No historian of standing believes the Japanese had a plan to invade Australia, there is not a skerrick of evidence."
In any case, it is an interesting and fascinating adventure-romance.

LPL_KimberlyL Sep 17, 2016

A breathtakingly beautiful film about a relatively unknown time in Australia's history. Bringing light to the sorrows faced by Aboriginal Australians, this movie is important as well as wildly entertaining.

An epic masterpiece, with heroic and memorable characters, honor against villainy, a touching and uplifting story, and majestic scenery.

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gwenahn
Dec 14, 2015

It's a great touching epic movie.
I was so impressed with the spiritual contents thruout the film and all those actors' performances; especially, the young boy playing a main role was just incredible and amazing. I liked this movie very much!

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firefly5
Jun 25, 2015

It seemed like a slap-stick comedy. 1/2 hour wasted time!

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scrubble4
May 27, 2014

I must have been living under a rock, as this is the first movie in which I remember Hugh Jackman. What a great actor. The other actors were equally good, making this a wonderful movie. The story line was a bit disorientated but, the setting and acting helped ease through the bumps of the story. I will happily watch it again in a few years.

Quimeras Jan 19, 2014

With its beautiful cinematography, “Australia” is the kind of adventure film that simply transports you to another place and time. And while I truly enjoyed it, if you’re interested in watching another film focusing on aboriginal children in this continent, I recommend “Rabbit-Proof Fence”.

hania4987 Sep 24, 2013

what a shame ... this could have been a great movie if they could have decided on a storyline and a filming style. Were they trying to film a historical romance, a war epic, a coming-of-age story, a fable? There was heartfelt acting all around and some great cinematography, but none of the elements ever really gelled.

rawalmonds Sep 16, 2013

All in all I thought it was a really bad movie. I wanted to like it cause I'm a big fan of both Hugh Jackman and David Wenham. Neither of them, nor NIcole Kidman, could save this muddle of ridiculous plot points and cartoon characterizations. I liked the middle part (the drove) and the little boy. The beginning was weird and the last half hour was overwrought and silly. Luhrmann borrows plots, situations, and lines from multiple other movies, which only highlights the lameness of his own movie. As for the acting, generally it's okay, although Hugh Jackman, excellent in the saddle and the bedroom, fails in moments of grief or complex sadness. The hackneyed script doesn't help, of course, but I don't think he could pull these emotions off in the best of circumstances. Maybe if he were singing he'd be better. I couldn't help but compare his facsimile of sadness to Ralph Fiennes' wrenching despair in the Constant Gardner (one of the movies Luhrmann borrows from.) I saw this movie as a cross between lots of other films: Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, The Man from Snowy River, The Constant Gardner, Last of the Mohicans, Rabbit Fence, some WW II movies (can't think which) .and many others. I didn't like Baz Luhrmann before I saw this, and now I strongly dislike him.

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rslade
Aug 07, 2013

Why the Australians would want to make a movie as historically accurate as "The Patriot" and "Pearl Harbor" is beyond me, but at least they did a better job of it. (Did someone intend the irony of having Nicole Kidman put on an English accent in an Australian film?)

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nadian Jul 19, 2009

Coarse Language: One brief moment.

nadian Jul 19, 2009

Violence: Scenes of war violence and other deaths.

nadian Jul 19, 2009

Sexual Content: Partial nudity and implied sex off screen.

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Ugogurl
Sep 26, 2010

Kidman & Jackman take us back in time to this true story set in Australia during WWII.

Not having children of her own, Kidman tries desperately to save the lost generation of Aboriginals that were taken from their families in the outback.

From this viewpoint we learn that people everywhere believe they are better than some and will do almost anything when racial prejudices thrive.

This true story is one for the whole family (14+) if you think you kids can understand war/prejudice and the choices man makes.

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