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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1979) Movie Information

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Peter Weir


Rachel Roberts
Vivean Gray
Helen Morse
Kirsty Child
Tony Llewellyn-Jones
Jacki Weaver





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In 1900 the girls from the Appleyard Boarding School go on a Valentine's Day picnic to local landmark Hanging Rock. Three girls and a teacher go missing and the mystery surrounding the disappearance deepens when a search proves futile.

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Indyfreak 07/03/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Australia's most famous mystery movie is a great exercise in atmosphere and suspense. Modern audiences might be frustrated by its refusal to deliver a proper explanation for the eerie disappearance at the heart of the story. Instead, it's a layered exploration of gender, class, and social norms in turn-of-the-century Australia.

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Asm Nabil 08/08/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. What a charming movie. 87/100

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Alaine 12/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Mystery about the unexplained disappearance of three girls in 1900s Australia. Beautiful photography, wonderful music, good performances. Gives an uneasiness without trying hard. Unsolved mystery unless you search Internet and find the lost last chapter of the book, which ruined the effect the film had on me. A good film and worth a watch.

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Chris Kavan 07/26/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ethereal and eerie, Picnic at Hanging Rock uses spectacular visuals and lyrical music to tell its story. Like the best mysteries, the film doesn't give a clear answer, instead leaving the viewer to form their own conclusions. Masterful.

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09/01/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Picnic At Hanging Rock" by Yojimbo

On Valentine's day 1900, an Australian boarding school for girls organised a field trip to nearby Hanging Rock, but three of the girls and their governess failed to return. Peter Weir's atmospheric tale is based upon a true life mystery that to this day has never been solved; this gives plenty of scope for attractive imagery and period detail which sets the scene beautifully for an enigmatic and evocative story with a historical bent. However, because it is based upon reality and the script refuses to even speculate as to a possible culprit or the fate of the victims there is little meat to the mystery element. Very nice to look at certainly, and it does have a wonderfully otherworldly and ethereal quality but some may find this period "drama" rather lacking in the latter.

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09/18/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Malick wanna-be

The cinematography, as expected is pretty fantastic. Very reminiscent of Malick and as a whole one of the best photographed films I've ever seen. I don't think there's anything else positive to say about this film. The characters are either incredibly pretentious and speak like poets or are incredibly obnoxious and unlikable. Towards the end, it gets even worse because they become completely uninteresting. Their motivations, desires, and feelings are jumbled in some sort of allegorical mess. Weir is not the one to blame but instead the script is. For a film with such profound beauty you'd expect some insight into the characters but instead it's mostly involved with the plot. The problem here is that the character aren't really shallow or are they flesh puppets manipulated to create certai...

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