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The Overlanders [DVD]

Harry Watt    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Chips Rafferty, John Nugent Hayward
  • Directors: Harry Watt
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ealing Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWHOH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,466 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Drama set in Australia at the beginning of the Second World war, based on a true story. Chips Rafferty stars as Dan McAlpine, a salt-of-the-earth cattle herder ordered to kill 1000 head of cattle rather than risk losing them to the Japanese, who are fast approaching Australian shores. However, instead of following orders, McAlpine and his team of drovers decide to herd the cattle on foot some 1600 miles across the outback from the north coast of Australia to Queensland. Baz Luhrmann has cited the film as a major inspiration for his 2008 film 'Australia' starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Drama of one man's efforts to drive cattle southwards as part of the scorched earth policy in face of a threatened Japanese invasion in 1942. Set in Australia. ...The Overlanders

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Overlanders 9 Jun 2009
The main character of this film, played by Chips Rafferty, obstinately refuses to obey the scorched earth policy of the Australian government to destroy everything that might be of use to an invading enemy - the Japanese. Based on true events at the outbreak of World War II, this story relates the adventures of a group of Australian cattlemen (and women) who take a huge risk by moving a large herd of cattle from the the Northern Territory across 1600 miles of the outback to safety. There are the inevitable hazards of such a journey - lack of water, stampede, crocodiles and the rest, but the story moves along at a good pace. Rafferty is perfectly cast as the archetypal Australian, phlegmatic and anti-authority. An outstanding feature of the movie is the musical score composed by John Ireland which highlights the epic nature of the tale.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ealing in Australia 7 Oct 2009
An excellent early post war film set in Australia.

To R McConville the scene you remember is, I think from another Ealing Australian film 'Bitter Springs' with Chips Rafferty and, amongst others Tommy Trinder, Gordon Jackson, Michael Pate and a young Bud Tingwell.

Ealing made a number of films in Australia most of which are well worth seeing, if you can find copies. Titles include Bush Christmas with Chips as a bad bloke and the under rated The Seige of Pinchgut with Aldo Ray and Victor Maddern.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Overlanders 11 Mar 2009
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The Overlanders [DVD] [1946]This film is one of a number made in Australia after the Second World War by British producers.

Although the film is a little slow at times it is classic Australian northern drama with the usual suspects from films at that time like Chips Rafferty. I would recommend it to anyone wanting an insight to the harsh hinterland of Australia. The purpose of this droving exercise was to outrun the Japanese if they tried to take over Darwin and surrounds(which fortunately for us all did not happen).

If my memory serves me right there is only one more British production from tis time to appear on DVD and that is Eureka Stockade about an incident in the first gold fields of Ballaarat/Victoria in the 1850s and the story of Peter Lalor. This film was screened at my college as a young teenager in the early 1960s and I have never seen it since except in clips in documentaries. DVD producers are you listening?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Woomera 3 Oct 2009
Remember seeing this film as a young boy, thoroughly enjoyed it then and enjoyed again.

My memory may be at falt but, I seem to recollect there were more scenes of aboriginal life at that time.

Perhaps some-one could correct me but I seem to remember the group being attacked and the aboriginals using the Woomera for throwing spears.

Were these scenes cut out of this DVD or is my memory faulty?

The Boomerang was a hunting stick which would return to you if you missed your quarry and the Woomera was a device to throw a spear a longer distance. Neither of these objects was ever used any where else in the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the best title........ 14 April 2011
This film is based on the true story of how an Australian group of herdsman/women took a herd of cattle 1,000 miles accross the Australian outback to stop them neing destroyed. The Austrialina government wanted all homes to be burnt and all cattle destroyed so that the Japanese, who were soon to invade Australia, would not have access to them. The story has a commentary, the scenery (despite being black and white) is lovely, the action real. It is a good Sunday afternoon film with believable characters and a good storyline. It is an old film, but none the worse for that. Enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Overlanders 5 Nov 2013
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Ealing Studios are known for their comedies but they did lots of other things. As part of the World War 2 effort to show that Australia was doing its bit the Oz govt. asked Ealing to make this saga based on an historic cattle drive that did occur. Like a western without the shooting. Harry Watt and the crew did a splendid job in the circumstances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Overlanders 16 Dec 2010
A great slice of Australiana with some genuine thrills along the way.
People in their seventies saw this as a classic Australian drama when it premiered.
The cattle climbing the hill scene looks very real and dangerous. The aboriginal stockmen can ride like the blazes.It gives a realistic portrayal of the hardships faced amd fear created by the japanese in the early forties. We had the scorched earth policy and the "Brisbane Line" was implemented...that is any county north of Brisbane was not to be defended!
No shoot em ups, but the laconic Australian proves himself a tough and resilient fellow.
Good viewing but probably not in my top 100 movies to see before you die!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best of the great films made by the Ealing studio, highly...
Simply brilliant film, made on location in the Australian outback and depicting the droving of a huge herd of cattle away from the area of the country threatened by Japanese... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Griswold
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be unrelated, the Overlanders!
Unheard of by me until I found it on Amazon, the inspiration for Baz Lurrmans "Australia" the connection is obvious, although lacking the Hollywood budget the film would've... Read more
Published 12 months ago by N A INGLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, old British black and white film.
A very enjoyable movie bringing back memories of sitting in the cinema during the late '40s and '50s. A classic of its type.
Published 17 months ago by Welliewearer
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the collection
We had the original on VHS and needed to replace. An Australian classic based on actions taken at the outbreak of WWII.
Published 17 months ago by Peter Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Aussie winner.
This is another Australian movie of the calibre of Bitter Springs.Once again starring the late "Chips Rafferty". Read more
Published 21 months ago by Keith R. Sauerwald
5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend from wayback!
I have to admit, I do love these old films - I remember this one from being really rather young ( now rather old!). Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by Harriet Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Australia`s survival in World War 2
A very special film about a group of Ozy`s in the early part of World War 2, who move the cattle from the north of the country to Queensland to stop it falling in to Japanese... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2009 by Colin Williamson
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