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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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2009.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA AUST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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May 29, 2019

This is a tongue-in-cheek movie; A proper rich British lady goes to Australia to run a cattle station with cliché Australian stereotypes. Handsome but rugged Hugh Jackman meets her. Comedic drunks, fights, sexual innuendo's, Japanese bombings, stealing of indigenous children by whites, competing bad guys, weather, cattle drives, military & just plain old fun movie at the beginning of WW 2.. Not a GREAT movie but a good Aussie western, fun movie. It's PG

Put a shrimp on the Barbie and drink a Fosters lager while watching this.

May 24, 2019

The thing that turned me off about "Australia" is that I wasn't prepared to see a "western" of sorts. The storyline was slow moving and I found myself skimming through through much of it.I did find the love scenes between Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman worth watching. I didn't really think of Australia as an epic movie because there were rarely any "sweeping" scenes of this beautiful country. And frankly that plus the romantic aspect of this film is what drew me to it. I should also point out that I found the one scene of a kangaroo being shot very disturbing as well as another of a man being killed by way of a large arrow through his body. Viewers should know that "Australia" has a fair amount of violence, which was a real turn off for me.

Oct 07, 2018

The cinematic equivalent of your kid talking all throughout a film. The kid in this film is obnoxious! Useless, grating, and a right old pan in the kiester. Overall, slow, boring, and uninteresting, and of course the kid is annoying. Unless you want to see all of Luhrman's films, this film is worth a pass

Feb 13, 2018

The filming style was a little out of the ordinary, i.e. the camera got super close-up on people's faces to capture emotions, but other than that, the movie was really good. It kept me hooked from the beginning to the end. And if anyone likes Hugh Jackman, this is the movie to watch. I was left with the thought that I wanted to have more scenes with him in it. I would recommend this to anyone.

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.

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!

Jun 25, 2015

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

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.

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Coarse Language: One brief moment.

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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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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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