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Mystery Road (2013)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 15 August 2013 (Australia)
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An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

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Ivan Sen

Writer:

Ivan Sen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Pedersen ... Detective Jay Swan
Hugo Weaving ... Johnno
Ryan Kwanten ... Pete Bailey
Jack Thompson ... Charlie Murray
Tony Barry ... Sergeant
Robert Mammone ... Constable Roberts
Tasma Walton ... Mary
Damian Walshe-Howling ... Wayne
David Field ... Mr. Bailey
Bruce Spence ... Jim the Coroner
Jack Charles ... Old Boy
Tricia Whitton Tricia Whitton ... Crystal
Siobhan Binge Siobhan Binge ... Tarni
Daniel Roberts Daniel Roberts ... Macca
Samara Weaving ... Peggy
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Storyline

In an outback town, Jay Swan, an Indigenous cowboy detective, returns home to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl whose body is found under the highway trucking route out of town. Jay is alienated from both the white-dominated police force and the Indigenous community, including his teenage daughter, whom he discovers is connected to the murdered girl. Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, and Tasma Walton, MYSTERY ROAD is a gripping murder mystery with a cultural perspective. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

A rookie cop, a small town murder, reveals a dangerous underworld. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Paslapciu kelias See more »

Filming Locations:

Winton, Queensland, Australia

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$280,702
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Clift of FILMINK called Mystery Road a "masterfully executed slice of storytelling that rates as one of our finest films of the past few years." See more »

Goofs

When he's preparing his rifle and automatic for the drug meet, he cocks his handgun the first time. Then when he's in his car being shot at he cocks his handgun a second time without having fired or reloaded it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Detective Jay Swan: [waking to answer the phone] Yeah? Alright. OK...
[rolls out of bed]
Robbo: [greeting his arrival on scene] Jay...
Detective Jay Swan: G'day, Robbo. What's the story?
Robbo: The truckie pulled up to check his trailers, heard a wild dog growling from under the bridge, smelt something rotten.
Detective Jay Swan: How did he know it was a wild dog?
Robbo: Guess he just knows the difference, I suppose. You know, between a wild dog and a wild kind of normal dog.
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Referenced in Goldstone (2016) See more »

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Gorgeous Cinematography, Superb Acting, Overall Class Film
20 December 2014 | by foolishcop-589-147477See all my reviews

The negative reviews baffled me and the positive ones can't do Mystery Road enough justice.

From the opening until the dramatic end, the movie is a captivating tour de force. Coming from the U.S. I'm completely ignorant of the racial biases apparently at play in the Australian Outback, and this film subtly puts them on display without having them become overbearing or preachy.

The acting is tops and Aaron Pederson does his subject well, playing him with confidence and understatement. Hugo Weaving's turn as Johnno is also a well-crafted part, not to mention all of the minor roles, all of which came across as completely believable. It's easy to say the Australian landscape had just as large a role as any of the cast, and it read its lines perfectly.

Although there were a few parts where I found it difficult to understand what was said as a result of the local accent, there was no missing the message that was delivered. Again, from beginning to end the movie hit all the right notes, and even its climatic ending delivered a superbly satisfying denouement to the whole.

I've come to appreciate films not produced in the U.S. because they all too often are so formulaic with shallowly cast characters. Mystery Road represents among the best of what I look for in a movie produced anywhere and is tops among such "foreign" films. It is definitely one to catch.


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