Hammers over the Anvil (1991)





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This drama concerns a small period in the life of its central figure, Alan Marshall (Alexander Outhred), a young man living in rural Australia in 1910, who was crippled by polio years before. Because he hasn't the strength or coordination to perform most chores and enter fully into the life of his family and friends, much that he experiences comes to him vicariously. In the story, he witnesses many dramatic events happening to others. Several of them concern the romantic trials and tribulations of the women and men he knows. However, the story which concerns him the most is somewhat sad: despite the best efforts of his father, Alan is unable to ride a horse. The screenplay of the movie is based on a collection of Marshall's autobiographical stories. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Charlotte Rampling
as Grace McAlister
Russell Crowe
as East Driscoll
Amanda Douge
as Nellie Bolster
Frank Gallacher
as Mr. Thomas
John Lee
as McAlister
Daphne Grey
as Mrs. Hessert
Alethea McGrath
as Mrs. Bilson
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Critic Reviews for Hammers over the Anvil

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If you are going to make slow-paced film, why not make it depressing as well?

Full Review… | June 11, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Hammers over the Anvil

"As a whole I was pretty disappointed with Hammers Over the Anvil, while it's visually stunning (referring to the Australian scenery, not Russell's rear end) the rest of the film is extremely bland. I found the story quite boring, slow and a little scattered." This film is part of my 26 days of Russell Crowe please visit the following link for the full review. http://www.commonsensemoviereviews.com/2010/04/hammers-over-anvil-1993.html

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The result with its voice-over documenting the artistic growth of the teenager, its glimpses of half-understood sexuality, and its trail of conflict between father and son - isn't badly made, just extremely familiar.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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