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A black and white lowlife duo drives around Australia's Outback in a stolen vehicle and finds trouble after trouble.

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Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Josephine Emery (as John Emery), Phillip Noyce
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Cast overview:
Bill Hunter ... Jack
Gary Foley Gary Foley ... Gary
Zac Martin Zac Martin ... Joe
Terry Camilleri ... Jean Claude
Julie McGregor Julie McGregor ... Anna
Essie Coffey ... Aboriginal Woman
Doc Coffey Doc Coffey ... Card Player
Richard Sullivan Richard Sullivan ... Card Player
Stan Penrose Stan Penrose ... Policeman
Allan Penney Allan Penney ... Shopkeeper
Max Andrews Max Andrews ... Garageman
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Backroads tells the story of an aimless white drifter, Bill, who has a chance encounter with Aboriginal man Gary. They steal a car, petrol and supplies as they need them. As they travel they pick up another Aboriginal man on the run from an unsuccessful marriage and the bored white wife of a service station owner. A French backpacker joins them for a short while. Always on the run from police, boredom and guns turn into a deadly combination. Backroads is a raw movie packed with powerful political content in the dialogues between Bill and Gary. You learn a lot about Aboriginal culture and white concepts as you travel with the movie's characters. However, Backroads is sometimes too lengthy. It might go well with the aimlessness of the main characters, but might as well be a result of Backroads being the first feature film of director Phillip Noyce. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1977 (Australia) See more »

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Back Roads See more »

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This is one of a handful of mid-late 1970s Australian feature films that were road movies. The pictures include High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977), Summer City (1977), Twentieth Century Oz (1976), Cosy Cool (1977), In Search of Anna (1978) and Backroads (1977). See more »


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Just... wow!
25 January 2014 | by matt-hayward-891-617729See all my reviews

A lust for gritty, seventies Australiana was quenched by this gem. It's not for everyone and clearly unapologetically so. No sooner has I watched an SBS special on Aboriginal activists had I realised that one of the lead actors is one of Australia's most notorious. It speaks to a certain reality about us as Australians and a kind of awkward adolescent phase of social integration that was the seventies. I'd like to think a lot has changed, perhaps it hasn't. But it's who we are and it's unmistakably captured here. Despite all that, it's a great time capsule of the bush in the late seventies and well worth a watch.

I'm not sure who the bush Aboriginal musos were, but they were absolutely awesome. We should be as proud of them as the Americans are the blues.


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