Walkabout

Walkabout

DVD - 2010
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A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to exist in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece. Along the way, they met a young aborigine on his 'walkabout,' a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, [2010]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604652741
1604652748
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 W17r1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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When two children are stranded in the Australian outback, their chances of survival greatly increase when they meet an Aboriginal boy on "walkabout." This often non-verbal story shows the children responding to each other as individuals uninfluenced by the ingrained prejudices they woul... Read More »


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One of the greatest movies of all time. WALKABOUT deals with the big themes: civilization vs. nature; woman vs. man; eros vs. thanatos. I saw this movie when it was first released. I was six or seven years old, the age of the little brother in the film. My parents took me and my sisters to the theater with them. I can still remember what it felt like to see it. It was as if the world had been flung wide open and the future was intersecting with the present. I realize now that WALKABOUT was an evanescent point in history when the cultural-revolutionary wave of the 1960s slammed into the mass consumer market. For a brief period of time you had Hollywood investing in auteurs like Roeg and screening their works all across the United States. If you want to be astonished by pure athleticism, check out David Gulpilil's performance. If you want to be stunned by pure beauty/sensuality, behold teenage Jenny Agutter's performance. A sexier couple has never appeared on film!

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 11, 2017

For the most part, Walkabout is an involving, occasionally hypnotic, motion picture.

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cjnorthern555
Aug 03, 2017

I found this to be a very strange and depressing movie.

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TheSandoz
Jul 13, 2017

Nicolas Roeg creates in Walkabout a world of his own, a microcosmos that is at once beautiful, primitive, wild, familiar yet unfamiliar, thoughtful, and thought provoking.

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KatherineHere
Aug 04, 2016

Great movie. Not for children, tho.

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firefly5
Mar 31, 2016

I found this movie to be unbelievable and strange. Did not even watch all of the first disk. Would not recommend this. After reading some of the comments all I can say is that's why we have different movies. Good for some, not so good for others.

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Byronical
Sep 07, 2014

Saw it on t.v. When I was 9 or 10. Wild. Really Drew me in & imprinted. Yes, hauntingly beautiful. But as it's almost two generations since made it now stands as an amazing document on Aborigine life skills which will prove invaluable for guiding future young people on the journey to their past.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 27, 2013

This is one of the earlier films by director Nicholas Roeg, and in my view his best work. The story is simple to follow, the visuals are stunningly beautiful. Shot in the Australian outback, the film contrasts the modern and the primitive, and you are left to draw your own conclusion which is better - if indeed a comparison is needed. Highly recommended for a visual and cerebral treat.

Missumuch May 27, 2013

THis was one of the most beautiful movies I had ever seen, I was taken to see it when I was 10. A lot went by me, but I came to understand it over the years. I have the book and had read that, and have the VHS thank goodness. When I first saw it the father figure frightened me, and the older sister was courageous for shielding her younger brother to the realities of the fathers actions. I didn't , however understand her coldness, just that I'd have to say she was very strong. The Aboriginie character was a lifesaver, but I didn't like what happened to his character, although as an adult I figured out the why of it. That haunted me for years. Still I wish they hadn't portrayed him that way. Its a beautiful story, you have to see it.

Mickeyp73 Feb 05, 2013

This is such a beautiful film with gorgeous cinematographer by one of the best film directors of all time, Nicholas Roeg about the trials of adolescence in adulthood.

Amazing performances and showing how the outback is both dangerous and beautiful.

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Stranded in the Australian desert, an English girl and her small brother are rescued by an aborigine boy who has journeyed into the outback on his "walkabout"--a tribal initiation into manhood.
Jenny Agutter, Lucien John [i.e, Luc Roeg], David Gumpilil [i.e., Gulpilil], John Meillon

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 27, 2013

Sexual Content: Several scenes of nudity but all very tastefully done.

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Monolith
May 13, 2012

Girl: "You must look after your blazer! It's got to last! We don't want people to think we're a couple of tramps..." Boy: "What people?"

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