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Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Tommy Lewis, Ray Barrett, Jack Thompson
  • Directors: Fred Schepisi
  • Writers: Fred Schepisi, Thomas Keneally
  • Producers: Fred Schepisi, Roy Stevens
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Industrial Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EAWMP6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,080 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kizzy Caz on 13 Feb 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have waited years for this film to be released on DVD. It is definitely in my all time top 5. It's very heavy-going in parts but I could not take my eyes away from the screen. This is based on a true story and everyone should see this film. For some, seeing this film will be an eye-opener about the experience of the native Australian people... I can equate it to when 'Roots' was first shown in the 1970's. At the end of the film I was left with intense emotions, as if I had been carried away by a whirlwind. I urge you to buy this film, it's brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
Fred Schepisi's 1978 film may well be just that but it's not included in my Australian Cinema 12 disc boxed set and I've never known it to be on TV, here. I became aware of it through my old film 'bible' Halliwells and they rated it very highly, awarding a rare maximum score, citing it as 'one of the greatest achievements in Australian cinema'.

It's taken me a good number of years to finally find a copy that was on region of DVD I could play and wasn't a silly price.

The first thing you notice is the sheer authenticity. Language is as brutal as any and is more akin to a Victorian Scorsese than starched collars and stiff upper lips. The language used to describe the aboriginal natives is as coarse and racist as you'll find in any gritty 70's set LA cop show and for that it is both upsetting and rather embarrassing, but at least goes to show the leaps and bounds humankind has largely made on this issue, since.

Jimmie Blacksmith is a half-cast, a subject that has been visited in a few memorable films, particularly 'Rabbit Proof Fence' and as 'these' were often the result of rape against white women, were seen as worse than the lowest. Jimmie (superbly played by Tommy Lewis) does have an advantage, he's overseen by the local white vicar and is known as a hard and honest worker.

He soon goes on to work for white farmers, along with his fully aboriginal brother, erecting fences. Miles of them. He does too good a job and they don't want to pay, so he moves on. His relationship with a white girl, then marriage results in a child, that by colour alone, cannot be his. Then, around half-way in, all this pent-up anger boiling up inside the civilised and decent Jimmie erupts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ciaran moore on 8 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
I can only echo what the previous reviewer says about this movie.Absolutely mindblowing!The disc comes with afew extras a commentary by director fred schpesi,a making of (35mins)and an interview with lead actor tommy lewis(25mins),he certainly is a strange chap,he didnt do very much acting after this I suppose after this movie the only way is down.DONT MISS IT..
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