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Robbery Under Arms

  • Film

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'.
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Release Details

  • Duration:141 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Ken Hannam, Donald Crombie
  • Screenwriter:Tony Morphett, Graeme Koetsveld
  • Cast:
    • Sam Neill
    • Steven Vidler
    • Christopher Cummins
    • Liz Newman
    • Ed Devereaux
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