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Jenny Agutter
Director: Nicolas Roeg Cast: Jenny Agutter
Jenny Agutter
, Lucien John
Lucien John
, David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil
Nicolas Roeg


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The contrast between modern, urban civilization and life in the natural world lies at the heart of Nicolas Roeg's visually dazzling drama Walkabout. In broad outline, the plot might resemble a standard fish-out-of-water tale: two city children become stranded in the Australian outback, and struggle to find their way back to civilization with the help of a friendly aborigine boy. But Roeg and screenwriter Edward Bond are concerned with far more than the average wilderness drama, as a shocking act of violence near the story's beginning makes clear. This is particularly true in regards to the relationship between the white children and the aborigine boy, who ultimately develops a troubled romantic attraction towards the older sister. Obviously intended as a statement on the exploitation of the natural world and native cultures by European civilization, the film nevertheless maintains an evocative vagueness that usually -- but not always -- favors poetry over didacticism. Most importantly, the film's justifiably acclaimed cinematography is likely to sway even those who find fault with the film's narrative and message. The shift between the sterile city images and the truly stunning, beautifully composed Australian landscapes provide the film's single best argument, making the film a vivid and convincing experience.

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Release Date: 03/21/2010
UPC: 0715515058018
Original Release: 1971
Source: Criterion Collection
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 227

Special Features

Audio Commentary featuring Roeg and Actress Jenny Agutter; ; Video Interviews with Agutter and Actor Luc Roeg; ; Gulpilil-One Red Blood (2002), an Hour-Long Documentary on the Life and Career of Actor David Gulpilil; ; Theatrical Trailer; ; Plus: A Booklet Featuring an Essay by Author Paul Ryan

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jenny Agutter Girl
Lucien John Brother
David Gulpilil Aborigine
John Meillon Father
John Illingsworth Husband
Peter Carver No Hoper
Luc Roeg Actor

Technical Credits
Nicolas Roeg Director,Cinematographer
John Barry Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Bond Screenwriter
Brian Eatwell Production Designer
Antony Gibbs Editor
Terry Gough Art Director
Kevin Kavanagh Asst. Director
Si Litvinoff Producer
Warren Marley Songwriter
Billy Mitchell Songwriter
Alan Pattillo Editor
Max Raab Producer
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
Rod Stewart Songwriter

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