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Nicole Kidman , Hugh Jackman , Baz Luhrmann    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Watching the early reels of Australia, there's certainly no doubt who's in charge: this could only be a film by Baz Luhrmann, that wacky purveyor of all things over-the-top. In this old-fashioned, 165-minute hymn to his native continent, Luhrmann travels back to the late 1930s/early '40s, for a scenario that would not have been out of place at MGM in that era. Straightlaced Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) journeys Down Under and is put under the protection of--crikey--a rugged cattle driver known only as the Drover (Hugh Jackman). When the two are forced to team up (along with a motley crew of misfits) to take a herd of cattle through the hostile landscape, their way is challenged by the dastardly plans of the local beef baron (Bryan Brown) and his elaborately evil lieutenant (David Wenham). At some point you realize that this film's main commodity is not cattle, but corn: Luhrmann piles on the melodrama and the old-school climaxes with his usual frantic glee. Employing "When You Wish Upon a Star" and the Japanese air force to make his case is not beyond Luhrmann, and he reaches big here. Those with a taste for un-ironic silliness might just go for this stuff, but even fans of the Baz will have their patience tested by the broad comedy and the absence of discernable chemistry between Kidman and Jackman. Australia does manage to skewer the culture's prejudices against the Aboriginal people, but in this context such a victory comes across as rather tinny. --Robert Horton

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5.0 out of 5 stars Crikey! Wizard of a movie from Oz Feb. 14 2009
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) heads off Down Under to find out what her hubby is really doing when he says he's mustering cattle.
2. Kidman's performance is her best since Far and Away, and the cattle ranch Down Under is named Faraway Downs - coincidence or lingering sentiment?
3. Super hot Aussie all-rounder and hoofer Hugh Jackman heats up the screen as Drover, the Crocodile Dundee-type chappy who rounds up the cattle on the hoof.
4. Turns out that Lady Sarah ends up in the middle of a cattle war with the reigning King Carney (Bryan Brown) and his slimy sidekick Neil Fletcher (David Wenham)
5. Some of the story is narrated by Nullah (Brandon Walters) a young half-caste boy who sends Lady Sarah's heart over the rainbow
6. No prizes for guessing who else sets her heart aflutter
7. When droving cattle towards a billabong, never say Never Never
8. Still about two hours to go for this epic romance/adventure/drama that highlights the fate of half-Aboriginal children known as the Stolen Generations with the backdrop of the Japanese bombing of Darwin during WWII
9. You won't notice how long you've been sitting there

After watching this movie you'll want to know why it hasn't been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. (It's up for Costume Design) You'll find that it's both a heart-breaking and heart-warming memorable epic movie with big sets, gorgeous scenery, award-worthy costumes, magic and mysticism, humor, and yes, great acting.

Caution: Watching this movie may give one the urge to:

1. Load up a tucker-bag and head off on a walkabout
2. Throw another shrimp on the barbie
3. Tie a kangaroo down, Sport
4. Watch Judy Garland movies

Amanda Richards, February 14, 2009
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Autralila April 24 2013
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First hour was a bit slow, but the remainder was terrific! Scenery, background, authenticity - fabulous. Had a cross-section of people watching and everyone stayed to the end and enjoyed it. Will watch it again, definitely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crikey! June 7 2014
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Fans of Hugh Jackman and Oz in general will adore this charming film about a strong woman - Nicole Kidman - who takes on
corruption in the ranching world of the outback circa World War II. The young boy in the film is a treasure who offers up
some of the movie's most memorable moments. Five stars ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good movie May 2 2014
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Very good movie. I will watch it over and over again many times. The scenery is wonderful. Nicole kidman plays her part very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Australia Dec 29 2013
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I watched the movie on T.V, and I enjoyed watching the movie. I really like Nicole Kidman who plays in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Typical Love Story Sept. 11 2013
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With the stunning scenery and the rugged terrain of this awesome country painting the back story of the onset of WWII, and the random mix of unlikely characters whose stories are individually sorrowful, a love story unfolds that is quite unexpected. It's a longer movie, the editing is a little off in places, sometimes the scenes between Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman feel somewhat wooden, forced, lacking any real chemistry in real life so nothing translates into the film itself, but...WHO CARES???? I fell in love with young Brandon Walters! This young actor was phenomenal and I was totally invested in his story. A beautiful story and the most incredible story between a boy and his grandfather. The connection so intense that time and space can not separate them. The magic is what makes this movie work and the magic is love. Brandon's character, Nullah, a mixed-race child, has stolen my heart and when the movie was over I found myself missing Nullah. My friend loaned me this film and encouraged me to watch it and after I watched it once I knew I had to have my own copy. I think I should have ordered more than one because I know I will soon wear my DVD out! I love, love, love this film!
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By DRock
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... comes visionary director Baz Lhurman's love letter to epic romance and the golden age of cinema. I enjoyed this film so much more then his more recent "Great Gatsby"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very beautiful movie May 23 2013
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I loved this movie when I saw it on TV and just had to own it. There was lots of action, with good stars, lovely scenery, a darling little Aboriginal boy, fine acting by Nicole Kidman and most others. A fine break away from most hum drum movies of today. It showed fine realism which is lost today, what with unrealistic acts of car crashes and other unbelievable stunts. Nice to see something so different and that from down under. I'd recommend this to anyone.
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