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The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 17 October 1987 (USA)
In 1962, a prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off... See full summary »

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John Duigan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Taylor ... Danny Embling
Loene Carmen ... Freya Olson
Ben Mendelsohn ... Trevor Leishman
Graeme Blundell ... Nils Olson
Lynette Curran ... Anne Olson
Malcolm Robertson Malcolm Robertson ... Bruce Embling
Judi Farr Judi Farr ... Sheila Embling
Tim Robertson Tim Robertson ... Bob Leishman
Bruce Spence ... Jonah
Harold Hopkins ... Tom Alcock
Nick Tate ... Sergeant Pierce
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Headmaster
Anja Coleby ... Gail Olson
Kylie Ostara Kylie Ostara ... Alison
Kelly Dingwall Kelly Dingwall ... Barry
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In 1962, a prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off a chain of events that irreversibly changes the lives of everyone involved. Written by Jojo Mac

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It was incredible. It was the year that changed everything. Forever.

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Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Australian Graffiti See more »

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Gross USA:

$213,901
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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

A bodgie was a term used to describe a male member of a particular youth sub-culture in Australia from the end of the Second World War until the early 1960s. See more »

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Freya's hair position changes between camera angles while she's laying down being hypnotized by Danny. See more »

Connections

References The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) See more »

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Gene Pitney and also by Noah Taylor
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This film is an undiscovered gem
17 August 1999 | by Linnea NSee all my reviews

This 1987 film written and directed by John Duigan and starring the ingenious Noah Taylor is a undiscovered gem. Set in 1952 in rural Australia the story centers around Danny Embling, a likeable and thoughtful boy outcast by his peers. He is in love with his best friend Freyia,and it is their turbulent relationship that is the heart of the story. When Freyia falls in love with Trevor, a hyper-active and troubled boy, the three struggle with their emerging feelings and the life altering decisions that they must make. Certainly, we've seen this all before but not like this. Never in my life have I seen such an honest portrayal of youth. The dialogue is not filled with ridiculous pop culture references or complex vocabulary but that is the charm. These people talk just like us. The story is never contrived and the acting is completely natural. Although all the performances are commendable,none so much as Noah Taylor's heartfelt portrayal of our bumbling hero. This is his first major film role and he floats through it naturally. His acting is subtle yet varied and he is one of the greatest undiscovered actors of our time. This is a wonderful film that everyone, art film buff to action fan,from 14 to 94 should see for the sweet story and natural performances especially from the wonderful Noah Taylor.


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