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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 ... 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.

Genres:

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,487, 28 August 1988

Gross USA:

$213,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,901
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Dolby

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Trivia

The theme from the 'Blue Hills' radio show is heard. This show was a staple of Australian radio, running from 1949 to 1976. Queenie Ashton who plays Mrs O'Neil in this film was one of the long-standing cast members. 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 »


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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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Voice Broken and Heart Broken
14 February 2016 | by sol-See all my reviews

Mixed feelings swell inside a scrawny, timid teenager as he watches his lifelong crush fall in love with a muscular jock in this Australian drama starring Noah Taylor. From the outset, 'The Year My Voice Broke' might sound like just another love triangle tale, but the character dynamics are rich and complex. Taylor hates the jock (played by Ben Mendelsohn) as he represents everything he is not and because he is able to get the girl (played by Loene Carmen). Taylor has several great, quiet moments in which all this scorn comes through his stares alone. Mendelsohn, however, believes Taylor to be his closest male friend, not thinking twice about rescuing him from bullies and obliviously telling him how much he fancies Carmen. Then there is Carmen, who seems to know that Taylor like-likes her, but yet does not consider his feelings when making out in front of him. All this tension leads to a curious degree of cynicism erupting (Taylor delights in Mendelsohn getting in trouble with the law as it means he is out of the way) but nothing is ever fairytale perfect. Some aspects of the film are confounding. In particular, we never see what Taylor sees in Carmen, who between her crooked teeth and tomboyish mannerisms is anything but a conventional love interest, but Taylor's performance is so solid that we believe his affection even if we do not understand it. Same goes for his scorn for Mendelsohn. Again, it is credible even if it seems rash on Taylor's behalf. In fact, Taylor delivers such a strong performance here that it is wonder that he never went on to much further acclaim.


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