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Storm Boy (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 28 July 1977 (Australia)
Mike is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

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Henri Safran
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greg Rowe Greg Rowe ... Mike 'Storm Boy' Kingley
Peter Cummins Peter Cummins ... Tom 'Hide-Away Tom' Kingley
David Gulpilil ... Fingerbone (as Gulpilil)
Judy Dick Judy Dick ... Miss Walker
Tony Allison Tony Allison ... Ranger
Michael Moody Michael Moody ... Boat Master
Graham Dow Graham Dow ... Edwards
Eric Mack Eric Mack ... Jones
Frank Foster-Brown Frank Foster-Brown ... Lynch
Michael Caulfield Michael Caulfield ... Hunter
Paul Smith Paul Smith ... Hunter
Hedley Cullen ... Marina Manager
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Storyline

Storm Boy tells the story of a 10-year-old boy, called Mick by his father Tom, and Storm Boy by the Aboriginal loner Fingerbone he befriends. This boy is growing up in an isolated corrugated iron shed next to a wildlife sanctuary. He lives with his father, who supports them by fishing alone. He is not attending school; he is illiterate and ignorant. Mick's father resents any intrusion of their secluded life, be it a washed-up radio or a mob of idiot bird shooters who kill a number of birds before they are scared off by Fingerbone. Amongst the dead are some pelicans whose chicks are still in the nest. The boy brings them home to care for. His father isn't keen, but permits it. Three pelicans become a lot to feed when they reach maturity, so his father insists on releasing them. Two are never seen again, but one, Mr Percival, keeps coming back. Another intruder is the new primary school teacher, brought by the park ranger. She is concerned about the boy's education, and pushes hard for ... Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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A dramatic and exciting story that will charm and delight you. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

28 July 1977 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A vihar fia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD320,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (short version) (edited) (short)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'Storm Boy' (1976) has been believed to be the first ever Australian feature films to ever be distributed in Japan where it played in over one hundred cinemas in 1977. The book 'Australian Film 1900-1977' (1980) by Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper states that 'Storm Boy' "was the first Australian film to attract a major distributor in Japan." See more »

Goofs

When Tom and Mike and Fingerbone return to the Coorong as the boat, "Tern" leaves Goolwa harbour, they are not towing Mike's raft but when they arrive back at the jetty, they are. See more »

Quotes

Fingerbone: Storm Boy. You run like a black fella.
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Alternate Versions

A half-hour edited shortened version of the feature film exists running approximately about thirty-two minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Storm Boy: The Game (2018) See more »

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A touching coming of age film, from a part of Australia few people get to see
20 October 2015 | by cadwallon1969See all my reviews

A very moving and personal film, set on the windswept coast of South Australia. In many respects it could be anywhere in the world - as the cold and the wind and isolation are far from the public image of Australia. I first saw this film when I was seven with school at the cinema - and bawled my eyes out. The alienation from his father than Storm Boy feels is ameliorated by the connection to the land and the the animals via a local Aboriginal man Fingerbone - thereby making it a very spiritual film for many. I've since showed it to my own son who enjoyed it but then...inconsolable - said "why did you show this to me?!" Think Ring of Bright Water, or Old Yeller by way of animals bringing out the best in us...


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