Robbery Under Arms

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

A would-be Australian Western, based on Rolf Boldrewood's novel (previously filmed, equally tediously, in 1957). Raffish pommy crook Captain Starlight and his faithful abo lead a couple of brothers on a sequence of japes that includes bushwhacking, rustling, jail-breaking and bank-robbing. There is also skinny-dipping, elephants and fireworks, but the interest of these supposedly rumbustious antipodean antics is never more than vague. Without a trace of irony or parody, the emotional response of the characters is either a fist in the face or a knee in some cobber's cobblers. With 148 'actors', 2,000 extras (mainly cattle) and 120 crew members, it claims to be 'the most ambitious and expensive film ever made in Australia': a shame it only really deserves the title 'Wankabout'.


Release details

141 mins

Cast and crew

Ken Hannam, Donald Crombie
Tony Morphett, Graeme Koetsveld
Sam Neill
Steven Vidler
Christopher Cummins
Liz Newman
Ed Devereaux
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