In the Australian Outback, the Carmody family, Paddy (Robert Mitchum), Ida (Deborah Kerr), and their teenage son Sean (Michael Anderson, Jr.), are sheep drovers, always on the move. Ida and Sean want to settle down and buy a farm. Paddy wants to keep moving. A sheep-shearing contest, the birth of a child, drinking, gambling, and a race horse will all have a part in the final decision.
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AUSTRALIA as seen through the eyes of FRED ZINNEMANN who gave you 'HIGH NOON' 'FROM HERE TO ETERNITY 'THE NUN'S STORY', etc etc ACTUALLY FILMED IN AUSTRALIAN LOCATIONS
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Did You Know?
Although studio head Jack L. Warner
wanted to shoot the movie in Arizona, Director Fred Zinnemann
insisted on shooting the exteriors on-location in Australia. The shoot did not go well. Zinnemann spent twelve weeks filming scenery and sheepherding scenes in the outback before the cast arrived. Once the cast got there, the weather began alternating daily between hot sun and cold rain, which resulted in several extra weeks of filming. Robert Mitchum
was so harassed by fans, that he had to move onto a boat to get away from them. See more
During the horse race at the conclusion of the film, the camera is positioned ahead of the race shooting back at the field of horses which are running towards the camera. In the lower right corner of the frame, the dust kicking up from the vehicle carrying the camera is visible and clearly is separated from the field of horses. Also to the right of the racing horses behind where they had just run, the tire marks from the camera's vehicle can be clearly seen on the track. See more
This is a good country for sheep and it's not bad for men, but it's hard on us women. The men come here because of the sheep, and we come here because of the men, and most of us finish up looking like the sheep. Wrinkled faces, knotty hair, and not even much of a mind of our own.
Referenced in Fade to Black
The Queensland Drover
Heard throughout the film as a theme See more