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Broken Hill (2009)




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In this drama, an Australian teen tries to move beyond his rural roots in the Outback to become a musician. However, he gets distracted from his dream by the appearance of a rebellious new student at his school, whose beauty is matched only by her daring. He tries to match her bravado, but his attempt gets him arrested, putting his goals in danger.
PG (for thematic elements and some language)
Drama , Kids & Family
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Luke Arnold
as Tommy
Alexa PenaVega
as Kat Rogers
Timothy Hutton
as George McAlpine
Rhys Wakefield
as Scott Price
Peter Lamb
as Officer Jack Taylor
Che Timmins
as Kalai Takalua
John Clarke
as Maestro Pindari
Leo Taylor
as Warden
Ebony Ween
as Ricardo's Daughter
Adam Grocke
as Jock Boy
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Critic Reviews for Broken Hill

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

It's a picture with the ambitions of a Billy Elliot but the execution of an August Rush.

Full Review… | September 23, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Broken Hill, with its picture-postcard shots of the vast Outback, looks good and fills a niche for families.

September 11, 2009
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Pleasant in a flavored-rice-cakes kind of way.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Orlando Weekly

The predictability is draining, hurting the lasting impact of this strange tale of unlikely musicianship. However, there's a curious spirit to the feature that makes it something to enjoy.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009

For all its flaws and despite the limiting premise, this music-themed drama works better than it should.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A hopelessly cliche-ridden tale that wouldn't be out of place on a family-oriented cable channel but is several sizes too small for the big screen.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Broken Hill


Working in a prison, I know there are several aspects of this movie that are way off the mark. Putting that aside, the story here is better than average, the actors get into their roles, and this is a family friendly movie. Arnold and Vega work well as a couple once they get together, and the ending is nearly magical (if unbelievable). Worth your time.

Don Schick
Don Schick

CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!..I sure love a good movie that has a FANTASTIC ending. This is one of those movies. Absolutely satisfying, fun, and enjoyable concert ending. The movie itself was very well done, also. Good characters. Good cast. Good music. Timothy Hutton with an Australian accent? yep. Done pretty well, albeit a little hard to get use to. All in all, though, a rather good little Australian flick.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


This was a fantastic movie about a kid that struggles with his life and the dream that he has that seems so unattainable. Getting into trouble with the law is the window he needs to make his dream a reality. The cast was great, the story was wonderful, and the ending was perfect.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

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