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Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen (original title)
R | | Drama | 8 February 1985 (USA)
A geologist employed by an Australian mining company finds himself disputing the rights of some aborigines who believe their land to be sacred.

Director:

Werner Herzog

Writers:

Werner Herzog, Bob Ellis (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Spence ... Lance Hackett
Wandjuk Marika Wandjuk Marika ... Miliritbi
Roy Marika Roy Marika ... Dayipu
Ray Barrett ... Cole
Norman Kaye ... Baldwin Ferguson
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Fletcher
Nick Lathouris ... Arnold
Basil Clarke Basil Clarke ... Judge Blackburn
Ray Marshall Ray Marshall ... Solicitor General Coulthard
Dhungala I. Makika Dhungala I. Makika
Gary Williams Gary Williams ... Watson
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ... Fitzsimmons
Robert Brissenden Robert Brissenden
Michael Edols Michael Edols ... Young attorney
Bob Ellis Bob Ellis ... Supermarket manager
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Storyline

The geologist Lance Hackett is employed by an Australian mining company to map the subsoil of a desert area covered with ant hills prior to a possible uranium extraction. His work is impeded by some aborigines who explain that this is the place where the green ants dream. Disturbing their dreaming will destroy humanity they claim. Hackett informs the company which offers various "solutions" such as a large amount of money or a percentage of a possible revenue. Invited on a trip to a city some of the aborigines sees a military aeroplane and express the wish to own it. The company buys it and gives it to the aborigines as a sign of good will. A runway is made in the desert and the plane is flown to the location. All negotiations concerning the area fail and the dispute goes to a court of the Commonwealth. Parties and experts are heard, obstacles are met such as an aborigine who is the sole survivor of his tribe (and language) and therefore no-one understands what he is saying. Two of ... Written by Frank Dabelstein <frank@dabelstein.dk>

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Drama

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Country:

West Germany | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where the Green Ants Dream See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Werner Herzog: the lawyer that shakes Hackett's hand outside of the court room when the trial is over. See more »

Quotes

Lance Hackett: The situation, your Honor, is this man is the the sacred custodian to the secrets of this tribe. And his tribe has died out. He is the sole and final survivor of his people, his clan. They call him the mute, because there is nobody left on this earth for him to speak with.
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Requiem Op. 48
Music by Gabriel Fauré
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Strong Film From Herzog
3 February 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The geologist Lance Hackett is employed by an Australian mining company to map the subsoil of a desert area covered with ant hills prior to a possible uranium extraction. His work is impeded by some aborigines who explain that this is the place where the green ants dream.

Werner Herzog makes great films, and he is quite prolific in what he does. His career sees to be divided between unusual drama and documentaries of different cultures. This film, perhaps more than any other of his work, really blends the two. While not a documentary, it really tries to celebrate aborigine culture.

Of all the films based in Australia, this is one of the better ones. It may not be reality, but it is in some ways better than reality. Herzog creates a world that is completely believable.


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