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Year
1971
Runtime
100 min.
Director
Nicolas Roeg
Genres
Drama, Adventure
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
14,572
Checks
4,510
Favs
428
Dislikes
37
Favs/checks
9.5% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
12:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I don't think I was ready for how surreal Walkabout was. Nominally a coming of age story about a girl (Jenny Agutter) and her young brother (director Nicholas Roeg's 6-year-old son Luc) lost in the Australian Outback who meet an Aboriginal boy (David Gulipil), it's really a layered visual poem about, depending on what filter you put on it, nascent sexuality, tradition vs. modernity, the corruption of the urban lifestyle, one's ability or inability to understand the Other's point of view, and nature in all its beauty and harshness. There's a case to be made that it is entirely allegorical, and as a proper story, it has a slow pace and difficult to understand Aboriginal concepts (as Westerners, we share the Girl's point of view). Tender hearts beware, there's an awful lot of onscreen animal killings, part of its documentary feel. Not an easy piece, but one that bears rewatching periodically, as even my exploration of the commentary track (with Agutter and Roeg separately telling production stories) revealed new meanings and images quite apart from what they were saying. 3 years 4 months ago
  2. sideburnz's avatar

    sideburnz

    amazing movie. we need more films with Digeridoo soundtracks! 7 years 7 months ago
  3. fricken's avatar

    fricken

    Wonderful! 4 years 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #10 in The Criterion Collection
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  2. This movie ranks #15 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  3. This movie ranks #63 in 100 Best British films
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  4. This movie ranks #96 in 100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema
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  5. This movie ranks #136 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  6. This movie ranks #299 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  7. This movie ranks #321 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  8. This movie ranks #526 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  9. This movie ranks #590 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  10. This movie ranks #625 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  11. This movie ranks #733 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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  12. This movie ranks #955 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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