Storm Boy

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"Wild things should be free."
  • NR
  • 1976
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.9  (1,481)

Storm Boy is a 1976 Australian film directed by Henri Safran, based on the children's book by Colin Thiele. The film stars Greg Rowe in the lead role, alongside Peter Cummins and David Gulpilil. The film tells the story of Mike "Storm Boy" Kingley who lives on the coast of South Australia with his father, Hideaway Tom. Mike develops a close bond with a pelican whom he rescues and raises as a pet. He names the pelican, Mr. Percival, and the two become inseparable.

As Mike spends more time with Mr. Percival, he becomes more aware of the beauty and fragility of the natural world around him. He learns about the delicate ecosystems that exist on the coast and the importance of protecting them.

Mike's idyllic life with Mr. Percival is disrupted when a group of local hunters kill a large number of pelicans, including Mr. Percival's mate and offspring. Mike is devastated by the loss and feels powerless to stop the hunters.

However, with the help of an aboriginal man named Fingerbone, Mike discovers a way to communicate with the hunters and persuade them to stop their senseless killing. From that moment on, Mike becomes a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation, using his experiences with Mr. Percival to educate others about the importance of preserving the natural world.

Alongside Mike's story, the film also follows the relationship between Mike and his father, and the challenges they face as they try to navigate a changing world. Hideaway Tom is a loner who struggles to connect with his son and is skeptical about Mike's close bond with Mr. Percival. However, as the film progresses, he begins to see the value in Mike's relationship with the pelican and becomes a supporter of his son's environmental efforts.

Storm Boy is a beautifully shot and heartwarming film that celebrates the beauty and fragility of the natural world. The film's themes of conservation and environmentalism are timeless and continue to resonate with audiences today. The film was a commercial and critical success, receiving numerous awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film.

The performances in the film are all excellent, particularly Greg Rowe as Mike and David Gulpilil as Fingerbone. Rowe captures the innocence and wonder of a young boy discovering the world around him, while Gulpilil brings depth and nuance to his portrayal of an aboriginal man caught between two worlds.

The film's setting on the coast of South Australia provides a stunning backdrop for the story. The rugged coastline, the vast stretches of dunes, and the pristine beaches all combine to create a sense of awe and wonder that complements the film's themes perfectly.

Overall, Storm Boy is a classic Australian film that has stood the test of time. It is a must-see for anyone who loves nature, conservation, and heartwarming stories that celebrate the human spirit.

Storm Boy is a 1976 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

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    1 hr 28 min
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    6.9  (1,481)