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Rated PG-13 · 165 minutes · 2008

Action/Adventure, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
Dumb Australian epic pits the snooty English landlady of a cattle station (Nicole Kidman) and her studly hired hand (Hugh Jackman) against unforgiving nature, conniving beef barons (David Wenham, Bryan Brown), the Japanese navy, and inbred white Aussie racism in their effort to build that little love nest/empire in the Northern Outback. And then, after lunch.... Better filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his team of writers should have expanded the subplot about the poor little half-caste boy Nullah (Brandon Walters) and his aboriginal grandfather (David Gulpilil) and forgotten about the smooch scenes. More CGI than you can shake a wallaby at — what’s the matter, don’t they have any real natural wonders Down Under? With Jack Thompson as the obligatory drunk and Elgar music in place of didgeridoo. Huh? (128 min.).
Official Site: www.australiamovie.com
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Writer: Stuart Beattie, Baz Luhrmann, Ronald Harwood and Richard Flanagan
Producer: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Jack Thompson and Bryan Brown

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