Walkabout (1971) Script

The "Ortolan" is the name given to a European singing bird.

It is extremely rare.

When fattened for eating, they are left in dark cardboard boxes, and packets of grain are pressed to a hole in the box, through which a light is shone.

The bird picks at the grain in the hope of penetrating through to the light, which he mistakes for the sun.

This goes on for several weeks.

When it has eaten itself so full that it cannot stand or see, it is drowned in cognac.

Gourmets regard it as an exceptional delicacy.

You will find vinegar is an acceptable substitute for cognac.

Stay there. Don't move.

Come on. Swim out. Come on.

Further. Go on.

Help! Stop.

Swim back.

Not far. Watch, Dad.

Although there are a few of them available in tins in the better shops now.

Give me the radio.

So you have to learn to tell a fish knife from a meat knife, and a fish fork from a meat fork.

If there's no fish knife and fork, use the smaller knife and fork for the fish.

If you make a mistake, just continue eating. This one's red.

Don't put the silver back on the tables. This one's yellow.

Be nonchalant.

The place for the napkin is on the lap. This one's brown.

Please don't speak with your mouth full, son.

The fish or meat will be served to you on your left side.

This one's green. Take the serving fork in your left hand...

This one's white. And the serving spoon in your right.

Oh, there's another red one. Don't use your fingers...

You stopped again. Come back!

He's all right.

Don't go out of sight!

We'll eat now.

Bang! Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!

Bang! You're dead!

I'm hot!

The wheel's come off!

Dad, my wheel's come off.

The wheel's come off.

Chicken or ham? Both!

I think I know now what's making me sad

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!

It's ready. Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!

Quick, men! Duck!

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang! Bang!

You're dead!

That's not fair! He'll get away!

You're supposed to be on my side!

Come on.

What are you doing?

Come on!

And bring him with you.

It's getting late.

I've got to go now.

We can't waste time.

Come out now!

We have got to go now!

I... have got to go now.

Can't... Can't waste time.

We can't... Come out now!

Stay here.

What happened?

He said we were to go on ahead.

But he said I wasn't to go out of his sight.

He'll catch us up later.

Do you know where to go?

Yes, of course.

This way.

Who saw him die I, said the fly With my little eye I saw him die

It's getting dark, isn't it?

Pass me that.

Aren't you tired?

A bit.

Are we going to stay here all night? If you'd like.

Yes, please. But we didn't bring any blankets.

I don't think I'm really tired yet.

Where are you going?

In the bushes. Whoo, whoo, whoo.

Lizards! What you looking at?

I'm looking for a light.

Why? There won't be anybody there.

It's time you went to sleep. You've got to be up early in the morning.

I'm going to sleep here.

Shall we take turns at being sentries?

No. Oh.

We haven't even got any water, have we?

There's plenty of lemonade. You'll have some in the morning.

Are you all right? What are you doing?


Wasn't it nice last night? Did you like it?

Yes. I had a dream.

I know. You kept fidgeting.

You're dropping everything.

What? The ammunition's falling out.

I tore my blazer.

It doesn't matter. Come on.

Won't tell Dad, will you?


What's up here?

We can see where we are from the top.

Well, where are we now?

We've just got to climb that one.

But you said... Then we can see where we are.

But you said... Come on. I'll race you.

Oh, my legs ache!

There's the sea! It's the sea!

A peaceful sea, isn't it?


What sea is it? What's its name?

I don't really know.

Beneath the granite and basaltic crust... is the mantle of iron magnesium... and possibly a sulfide and oxide shell, an outer core of molten nickel iron...

You must have lost it when we were going up the cliff... to find out where we were.

I told you it was all falling out.

Are you sure it isn't in your satchel?


Apart from the scientific explanation, the expectation that the world... that is, that human society... will someday come to an end... It isn't there.

Leads me to believe that man is more... I've made a hole!

Than the complement of root and matter. Look.

Go on. Have a drink. It is he who imparts dignity to the planet in which he lives, although not receiving importance from it. Leave some for me.

The idea that man has passed through 10,000 years of trials, in order that there might be, at last, a perpetual succession of comfortable shopkeepers...

I was listening. We mustn't waste the batteries.

Dad said they last for 400 hours.

Are you hungry? Not yet.

We ought to eat some salt.


Uncle Ted said, when they were soldiers in the desert... they always had to eat salt.

It doesn't taste salty.

What are you doing?

I mustn't step in your steps.

That means we won't get home by tonight.

I'm fed up.

No, you're not. Come on.

I'll tell you what we'll do.

You walk in all the ridges, and I'll practice my voice lessons.

Do you want a drink?

No. I'm not sweating now.

Oh, come back!

I can't walk down there!

It isn't fair!

Oh, please make him come.

I'm not coming back.

We've got to get on.

It's late.

I'm going now.

Please, please try.

It can't be much further.

It's silly to give in now.

It's getting late. We've got to go.

We can't waste time.

I'll carry you for a bit.

You're awake now.

I'm what?

If you're awake, you should try and walk.

You should try and help me. I'm trapped too.

Look! What's that?

What? That.

Who'll sing my song I, said the dove As she sat on a bush I'll sing your song

You said you were too tired to walk.

It tastes lovely.

It's all right. The birds are eating it.

It tastes like meat.

Today is Armistice Day.

At 12:00, there will be a three-minute silence... followed by a service of remembrance.

Meanwhile, we rejoin Captain Steele and Dusty, counteragents, in another episode of "Enemy. "

Does drinking give you a big, red, fat nose?

Why? I was just wondering.

I've only been over this road once before...

Is that why Dad's nose is all freckly?

I don't know.

I've got a fly without any wings in my cap.

The bridge is blown! Brake, Captain! Brake!

Did our car crash?

You must look after your blazer. It's got to last.

Yes, Skipper, I'm okay.

We don't want people thinking we're a couple of tramps.

What people?

Did dad tear his clothes?

Perhaps that's why he sent us on.

And you've put a hole in your pocket.

When are we going there?

Where? Back home.

In a few days.

That's the trouble with all these series.

You always know the superhero's gonna get away with it.

That's the trouble with Batman.

You always know he's gonna win all the fights in the end.

That's the trouble with all these series.

Even Bugs Bunny wins all the time.

If we were superheroes, we would definitely win.


Are we superheroes?

I don't know. I hope so.

So do I.

We're lost, aren't we?

No, of course not.

Don't. You'll ruin your nice shoes.

What happened?

The birds ate it all.

But they couldn't have drank all the water.

Is there any in the bottle?


Why didn't you fill it up?

We should have picked some fruit.

Which way are we going today?

I hope we find lots of sand.

I don't like climbing up those hills much.

They make my legs ache.

I don't suppose it matters which way we go.

We'll stay here.

Perhaps the water will come back.

Where from?

You shouldn't walk about in the sun.

It's bad for you.


I want a drink! Where are the others?

Quick, stop him! He's getting away!

Uh, uh, uh, we're English!

English! Do you understand?

This is Australia, yes?

Where is Adelaide? Ask him for water!

Water! Drink!

We want water to drink.

You must understand. Anyone can understand that.

We want a drink.

I can't make it any simpler.

Water. To drink.

The water hole has dried up.

Where do they keep the water?


Who'll carry the leaves I, said the wind

I'll carry the leaves

Look! Look!

The one set of values for "X"... is 4-3(X-4)... equal to X-2(4-X).

Write 24, 48...

Seven fours are 28. Eight fours are 32.

I can multiply 84 by 84.

I did it yesterday.

Divide 3,894...

This is one of my soldiers.

Twelve minus a third.

If your answer is a decimal, what is...

Put your shirt on.

He hasn't got his shirt on.

He hasn't got a shirt. He can have mine.

...and. 0383 by. 025.

It wouldn't fit him.

Leaving Adelaide, Harry drives...

That's a soldier.

Give him one. Don't be mean. No.

I expect he'd like to play. He's never had any toys of his own.

We've got plenty.

Vito left his home at midday and cycled towards his uncle's house 50 miles away.

After one hour, traveling at ten miles an hour, he stopped for a drink, which took him...

Give me a piggyback! Give me a piggyback!

No! No! No! No!

Watch out. He'll roast you and eat you for dinner.

Hey, put me down!

Hey! No!

I'm not coming down!

No! Get down! No!

Go on! It's great! Get up!

Go on! Get up! I did!

Pull! Don't just hang there.


Jump! Jump!

Come on! Grab me! Hurry!

It's my turn now!

Jump! Let me go!

Come on! Swing me!

Waldo's Motor Mart... is on Allen Road next to the hospital.

If you've got a good, clean, low-mileage car you'd like to sell, Waldo's Motor Mart will help you turn that car into cash.

And now, back to "Night Beat. "

Good night.

I'll be all right in the morning.

It got a bit sore from...

Oh, dear.

All right, let's go now.

Come out now! And bring him with you.

Nothing can ever be created or destroyed.

Come on. It's my turn! It's my turn now!

Every man and every woman is a star.

What do we know...

By the telescope, a faint...

I told you to keep your clothes on.



I'll show you how to do karate.

There's a pool down there.

So the boy said, "I ought to be getting home from work. "

He lived with his mother in a house on top of the hill.

She'd never spoken to him. He'd never heard her say a word.

He thought she was dumb and she was blind too.

But every evening when he came up the hill, he saw her sitting in the window, and she was talking.

As soon as she heard his key in the lock, she'd stop.

And when he got inside, she wouldn't say a word.

So one evening he made up his mind to hear what she was saying.

So he put the ladder... No, he went round the back.

Oh, yes. He went round the back and got the ladder.

And he set it... He carried it.

Yes, he carried it round to the front of the house... and set it up against the window.

You didn't explain that she was sitting upstairs.

I did. You didn't. You left it out.

Well, anyway... I don't know why you're telling him all this.

He can't understand. He doesn't know what a ladder is.

I expect we're the first white people he's seen.

It was very, very long and heavy... and he only just managed to get it in position in front of the house.

Next, he climbed up the ladder and got on the windowsill.

But he couldn't hear a word.

She was only a few feet away behind the window.

And her blind eyes were staring straight at him, and her mouth was opening and shutting.

But he couldn't hear, because she was speaking silently to herself.

So he put his ear to the glass, but he still couldn't hear.

So he decided to come down, but the windowsill was very narrow.

And when he turned round, he knocked the ladder down!

So he was stuck.

He couldn't jump down because it was too far, and he couldn't shout to his mother... because then she'd know he'd been spying on her.

So he just sat there.

It got dark, and because there wasn't very much room on the sill, his legs grew very stiff.

Sometimes people went past, but he couldn't shout to them because his mother would hear.

So there was a drainpipe going down the wall, and the boy thought, "If I make it across and get hold of that, I'll be able to climb down. "

So he reached across, but he slipped off the windowsill... and fell down and broke his neck.

I told you. He doesn't understand.

Well, his mother went on sitting there and talking to herself, and she began to get worried because he was late home from work, that his dinner would get spoiled.

So she said... No, she didn't. She didn't say anything.

She got off... Oh, that's right!

And groped her way down the stairs... There's another aeroplane!

Do you think he understood when I drew this house?

That doesn't look like a house. You can't draw.

That looks like a platypus walking in space... or a pterodactyl flying under the sea.

I think he might take us to the moon.

I wish we had a proper pencil.

Why did you say we were the first white people he's ever seen?

I always thought you had lots of crayons and pencils in your satchel.

Please have a look.

By the look of that, I think he's gonna take us to Mars.

Well, we won't find it.

Once them balloons get loose, they're away.


201. Look from time to time, please.

They're expensive, and I don't like to waste expensive things.

Sure. Sure.

Well, I'd better get back to my mud pies.

Well, I'll be off then.

You all right for smokes?

What? On me.

Oh, no, no. Go on.

That is three packets I have to owe you.

Don't worry about it. I'm trying to give it up.

Hey! There goes another one! Hey! Stop it!


Hey, stop it!

They're so expensive.

Stop it!

Los Angeles Los angeles My morning is so fine Hey, it's muddy underwater.

Especially in the early morning sunshine There you'll be in front of me So I'll catch up and turn to see You look my way And smile We'll walk a while Please. Put me down.

How's it goin', boy?

I said, "How's things?"

You got ear trouble?

Suit yourself.

Move it. Go on. Quicker. Move it!

Get that bloody dingo out of here.

It's the last time I'm warning you!

Here. Paint your titties with that.


Be careful with those. They're valuable.

Hey, knock off. Knock off for about ten minutes.

No sneakin' off. We've got a lot of work to do.

Will you shut the door? The kids?

The window's open.

I'm hot.


Look what I found!

Over here! Come on!

That must be a weather balloon.

This black one's bigger... and it's ticking.

I wonder where it came from.

Probably someone's listening to it.

Will it hurt me? No, of course not.

How long will it take?

Ask him. Ask him how long it will be before we can get anywhere.

Ask him how long!

Go on.

We'll be there today!

Hey! There's lots of water out there, coming up out of the ground.

That's a spring.

Jon-ge. Jon-ge.

Jon-ge. He wants me to go and fetch some wood.

All right.

What are you doing?


There's predestination and free will required.

We know now that that that is, is.

Water. Water.


Yes, water.

Sorry, that's all I could find.

I didn't know where...

Where are we going?

It's a road!

It's a real road!

Where does it go?

You're making me drop my stick.

I like these.

All right.


Didn't I get a lot? There's lots more there.

Didn't I get a lot?

Where've you been?

Picking these. He showed me where to get them.

Didn't I get a lot?

They're my favorites, remember?

Where are you going? Out.

No, stay here.

Here. I've got lots of them.

Why won't he speak?

What's he dancing for?

I don't know.

Perhaps he's pleased.

Why? Because we got here at last.

Where are you going now?

Aren't you hungry now? Please, leave him alone.

You haven't cooked the meat yet.

The radio's gone. Hmm.

The battery's gone.

No. Dad said they'd last for 400 hours.

How long is that? It's longer than we've been walking, I bet.

Leave it. We won't need it much longer.

Put it down and go to sleep.

I want to start early in the morning.

I think he wants to stay here.

Why should he? It's nice.

I think that he wants to stay here for a while.

There's lots of ferns growing out there.

Anyway, I've already decided something.

We're going on our own tomorrow.


That's best. No!

Suppose he wanted to do something, or something happened?

Suppose he tried to...

Suppose he went off and left us?

No, he won't. He likes being with us.

Won't go. You must have dropped it.

Will he dance all night?

It's all right. He won't keep you awake.

Can we go on the road?

What road?

Up there. We found a road.

Didn't he tell you?

What sort of road?

A real road?

Yes. Is that where we're going tomorrow?


I knew we were getting somewhere.

He's not there.

He's not there!

I went to sleep.

He's gone.


Where's he gone?

He's gone home.


Well, there was no reason for him to stay.

He just wanted to bring us to the road.

We must be near a town. So he's gone back to his family.

It's not really warm.

He didn't say good-bye to us. Yes, he did.

That's the dancing about. It's their way of saying good-bye to people they love.

I'd love to have a warm bath with clean towels... and eat with real plates and knives and forks.

And have proper sheets. And records.

And clean my teeth properly.

And wear all my own clothes.

I'm glad I washed your things.

You want to look nice when they find us.

Did you keep that button?

We must be near somewhere if there's a road.

I wanted to give him my penknife.

He's dead.


I tried to give him my penknife, but he wouldn't take it.

That doesn't mean that he's dead.

He won't take it.

Should I see if the road's still there?

No, of course it's there.

Did you eat your breakfast properly?

Yes. You should always sit down when you eat.

You shouldn't wander about.

You ready, then?

There you are.

What are you thinking?

Shall we sit down for a bit?

Stop sulking.

Where's the radio? You forgot it.

So what? It didn't work.

It's time now for hospital requests.

You're listening to the first network of the ABC, Radio 2BL Sydney, 2FC Newcastle.

The time is half-past eight.

Look! I know.

Will dad be there? No.


Is he dead too? I'm not sure.

Did he shoot himself?

It was an accident.

No, it wasn't.

Then I don't know. Look!

Did it hurt? Not much.

Well, why did he?

I suppose he thought he was doing the best thing.

That's silly.

I said I don't know, didn't I?

All right?

You ready? Yes.

What's the name of that town?

I don't know.


Wait here. Hello? Uh, excuse me!



I say, hello!

Hello! Yes?

I'm sorry to trouble you. We're lost.

We've had an accident in the desert. Would you mind if...

Put that down! Put that down! Please!

Put it down! Put that down!

I have. This is all private property.

I'm an employee of the company.

They own all this, and the mine.

What's the company? You touch their cans and you'll soon find out.

Where's the mine? It's shut.

What was in it? Nothing. That's why they shut it.

Do people come through here?

We give them tours, same as anyone. When will they...

I don't know. They never send me a card.

How often do they... I don't know!

You'll have to wait. You'll find it down the road.

What? Where you're staying.

Don't touch anything!

Would you like to see the rest of the town?

We shan't have to wait long. Someone will come soon.

Can we go see the mines?

Yes, if you like.

Can I go and play? Yes. Don't go far.

Be careful. I'll be all right.

What's there?


Hey! Yes!


What? Watch!

Are you watching? Yes.


What shall we do now? I know. Let's...

Hi, doll.

Well, they've made a decision.

I get Graham's job when he leaves Friday, Ian takes over mine... and Robby and Alan go over to accounts.

Which means Old Mal looks like being out of a job.

Still, it's his own fault.



With all this changing around, there's bound to be good news as far as salary's concerned.

I tell you, doll. In two years, we'll be holidaying on the Gold Coast.

Into my heart, an air that kills... from yon far country blows.

What are those blue remembered hills?

What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went... and cannot come again.