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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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Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1977 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A vihar fia See more »

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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

Some of the parlour tricks that the pelican cast thesps Dum Dum, Sandwich, and Carpenter could perform included playing ball, pulling cigarettes out of a packet, and kissing and caressing their trainer Gordon Noble with their large beaks. 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

Tom 'Hide-Away Tom' Kingsley: He can learn all he needs to know right here.
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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 »

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Referenced in Dr Colin Thiele (2000) See more »

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Amazing movie
2 December 2008 | by nazlfragSee all my reviews

A touching story about living in the Coorong, a hundred kilometre stretch of beautiful windswept dunes where the mighty Murray river meets the sea. Against this backdrop is the tale of a boy and his father living in isolation from the modern world. The story while fairly simple is very moving, and appeals to the child in all of us. The film moves at a leisurely pace, yet this enhances the feeling of vastness and remoteness, the tranquility and solitude of the setting. The star of the show is Mr. Percival, one of the pelicans the boy befriends as well as Fingerbone, an Aboriginal also living in the wilderness who gives a brilliant performance. Simply put, it's a masterpiece of both storytelling and cinematography.


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