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Sweet Country (2017)

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Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Director:

Warwick Thornton

Writers:

David Tranter (screenplay by), Steven McGregor (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Morris ... Sam Kelly
Shanika Cole Shanika Cole ... Lucy
Ewen Leslie ... Harry March
Sam Neill ... Fred Smith
Thomas M. Wright ... Mick Kennedy
Gibson John Gibson John ... Archie
Tremayne Doolan Tremayne Doolan ... Philomac
Trevon Doolan Trevon Doolan ... Philomac
Natassia Gorey Furber ... Lizzie (as Natassia Gorey-Furber)
Bryan Brown ... Sergeant Fletcher
Anni Finsterer ... Nell
Luka Magdeline Cole Luka Magdeline Cole ... Olive (as Luka May Glynn-Cole)
Tom Willoughby Tom Willoughby ... Constable Minty
Lachlan J. Modrzynski Lachlan J. Modrzynski ... Constable Campbell (as Lachlan Modrzynski)
Martin McMillan Martin McMillan ... Barney
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Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

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Inspired by true events See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, bloody images and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Country See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,895, 8 April 2018

Gross USA:

$104,297

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,847,693
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the film's producers, Greer Simpkin, has said of this picture: "It is a great privilege to bring together a team of indigenous creatives that we have admired for years to realize Sweet Country (2017). This is a powerful story from the heart of the country that we believe will resonate with audiences here and overseas." See more »

Quotes

Fred Smith: We're all equal here. We're all equal in the eyes of the Lord.
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Soundtracks

(There ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey (as T Dorsey)
(© Hill and Range Soundwind Music
Licensed courtesy of BMG AM Pty Ltd)
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of Columbia Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd
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A Western with an Aussie touch-
2 April 2018 | by tm-sheehanSee all my reviews

When Australian cinema is good ,its usually really good and this one can hold its head high in any cinema in the world. Director Warwick Thornton who also made Samson and Delilah has excelled again with this Aussie period Western set in 1929 in the Northern Territory. It has the feel and ingredients of a Western , the Lawman, the fugitive, the posse, even the Saloon gal and the town vigilantes but Its much more than an action Western and even reminded me at times of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird set in the Australian outback. The stars are Hamilton Morris as Sam the hunted fugitive Aboriginal stockman and Bryan Brown as Sergeant Fletcher the hunter . Sam Neill as the minister, is also terrific in his role , showing the only compassion and acceptance to the indigenous population in the entire movie and Matt Day as the judge is also impressive. The cinematography is superb and at times resembles an Albert Namatjira landscape, which is understandable but it takes great skill to capture the light and timelessness of the outback landscape, it should wow overseas audiences . After the dismal film we saw yesterday this was a joy to watch and what good cinema is all about.


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