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Year
1971
Runtime
100 min.
Director
Nicolas Roeg
Genres
Drama, Adventure
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
14,572
Checks
5,004
Favs
483
Dislikes
40
Favs/checks
9.7% (1:10)
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. 6 years 3 months ago
  2. sideburnz's avatar

    sideburnz

    amazing movie. we need more films with Digeridoo soundtracks! 10 years 7 months ago
  3. fricken's avatar

    fricken

    Wonderful! 7 years 6 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's Great Movies
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  3. This movie ranks #63 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
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  4. This movie ranks #96 in Scott Hocking's 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 & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  7. This movie ranks #321 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  8. This movie ranks #535 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  9. This movie ranks #625 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  10. This movie ranks #712 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  11. This movie ranks #737 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  12. This movie ranks #951 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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