Picnic at Hanging Rock Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 1446

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 65

Theatrical Release Date: 02/02/1979

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Mystery

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Peter Weir

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

Plot: 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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Rating of
3/4

Indyfreak - wrote on 07/03/2018

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.

Rating of
3/4

Asm Nabil - wrote on 08/08/2017

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

Rating of
3.5/4

Alaine - wrote on 12/16/2011

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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Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
2.5/4

"Picnic At Hanging Rock" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 09/01/2017

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.

sidehacker
sidehacker
Movie Star

Rating of
2/4

Malick wanna-be

sidehacker - wrote on 09/18/2007

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 …

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