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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2010
UPC: 0715515057912
Original Release: 1971
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 4,416

Special Features

Disc One: Audio commentary featuring Roeg and actress Jenny Agutter; Disc Two: Video interviews with Agutter and actor Luc Roeg; Gulpill - One Red Blood (2002), an hour-long documentary on the life and career of actor David Gulpilil; Theatrical trailer

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walkabout
1. Logos and Credits [1:14]
2. The Wall [4:10]
3. Picnic [10:48]
4. "It's the Sea!" [8:47]
5. Oasis [6:07]
6. The Boy [6:09]
7. Ancient Camels of the Outback [8:09]
8. Sunburn [5:13]
9. Stories [4:35]
10. Heat and Desire [:13]
11. Ecstasy [2:30]
12. Civilization [5:18]
13. Home Sweet Home [2:58]
14. Bloodlust [10:09]
15. Last Dance [3:47]
16. The Road To [9:38]
17. A Shropshire Lad/ End Credits [8:40]
1. Short or Feature? [1:14]
2. Architecture and Artificiality? [4:10]
3. Roeg's Vision [10:48]
4. Lucien John [8:47]
5. Jenny Takes the Camera [6:07]
6. Tales of Mud [6:09]
7. David's "Nightdreams" [8:09]
8. Sexual Discovery [5:13]
9. C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E [4:35]
10. Immigration Policy [:13]
11. The Naked Crew [2:30]
12. The Grammar of Film [5:18]
13. Civilization? [2:58]
14. Overkilling [10:09]
15. Coming-of-Age Ritual [3:47]
16. Adjusting to Sydney [9:38]
17. Character Secrets [8:40]
Disc #2 -- Walkabout - The Supplements
1. Ageless [9:16]
2. Walkabout [10:37]
3. His Belonging [7:04]
4. Invisible Man [11:03]
5. Home and Outside Lands [10:40]
6. One Red Blood [7:24]

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Walkabout 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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I waited a lot of years to see this movie, and I must say that I was very disappointed in my first viewing, as I was left without a complete understand of why certain events happened. It left me with a lot of unanswered questions and very frustrated. It's a movie that will require you to see it more than once to come to a full understanding of all the events and nuances of the movie. Definitely worth investing my time for a second or third viewing.
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