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  • Actors: Alexa Vega, Timothy Hutton, Rhys Wakefield, Andy McPhee, Luke Arnold
  • Directors: Dagen Merrill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ODLUIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Born and raised on an Australian sheep ranch, Tommy (Luke Arnold) dreams of becoming a great musician. Everything changes, though, when his antics to impress his beautiful classmate Kat (Alexa Vega) backfire and land them both in trouble. But after auditioning for an elite music academy, Tommy is given the second chance he needs to win Kat’s affection, his father’s approval and the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Audio commentary with Writer / Director Dagen Merrill, Producer Chris Wyatt and Alexa Vega.

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A handsome high-school senior aspires to become a classical composer in this tuneful drama. Tommy (Luke Arnold, who recalls Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel) lives on an Australian sheep ranch with his widowed father, George (Timothy Hutton), a stern soccer coach, and nurses a crush on exchange student Kat (Alexa Vega, Spy Kids), who barely knows he exists. One night, Tommy and George come across escaped convict Kalae (Che Timmons) on their drive home. They turn the unconscious man over to the police, and get on with their lives. Later, when Kat finds out that Tommy has access to a truck, she convinces him to chauffeur her around during a night of vandalism, which lands him in jail, where he reconnects with Kalae, who tells him about a prison choir. Upon Tommy's release, he convinces Kat to help him form a convict band in order to fulfill their community service requirement and to facilitate his entrance into Sydney's prestigious Music Conservatorium. At first, the inexperienced duo attract only two participants, but other inmates eventually materialize, and as their repertoire takes shape, Kat's hard shell softens. Unfortunately, Tommy has to cancel their performance at Broken Hill when a prisoner goes missing, but Kat and the other players convince him to try again. The conclusion feels more like wish fulfillment than a realistic outcome, but director Dagen Merrill does depict Tommy's daydreams at times, so it seems rather fitting. Extra features include commentary from Merrill, producer Chris Wyatt, and a sleepy Vega. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2011
Format: DVD
Academy award winner Timothy Hutton headed down under and portrayed a very convincing grumpy passionate Aussie sheep farmer at odds with his musically gifted son. The way father and son came back together, separated and then reunited through music is heartwarming and realistic. The music is brilliant. The outback scenes are stunning. The drama that turns to romance between Luke Arnold (Tommy) and Spy Kids star Alexa Vega (Kat) is a treat. The plot moves steadily to a wonderful climax with plenty of subplots and subtle themes to keep you thinking and enjoying at the same time. Thumbs up to the writer, director, producer and cast. (What's with the horse on the DVD cover???? Tommy rides a motor bike not a horse. Whatever!?!?)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tahoe12 on May 18, 2011
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This film was utterly entertaining and a feel good movie as well. You will be rooting for the likeable and adorable main character Tommy who has big dreams that seem impossible to achieve given his circumstances. I promise that the ending will leave you smiling and feeling insprired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Navarre on April 23, 2013
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Well, at first sight (looking at the poster or DVD cover etc) this might not have been a movie I would have gone out of my way to see, or buy the DVD of, but it's funny how destiny works. I was on a Jetstar flight from Tokyo to Australia and on the entertainment unit there was a choice of different genres for movies, one genre being "home movies" or some title like that, meaning movies made in Australia with Australian stories, so I clicked on that, and there were the usual ones, "Priscilla Queen of the Desert", "The Castle", "The Dish", "Australia", "Muriel's Wedding" etc, all of which I have seen many times and love, but there was this "Broken Hill" too, which I had never heard of, so I gave it a try, and straight away it blew my mind because of the music aspect of it (and it starts straight away with the music). Because this is the kind of music I was planning to write almost 30 years ago, and never quite got around to, my life taking me in other artistic directions, so I'm glad someone else has had the same ideas and put them down to paper and has had the opportunity to have orchestras and other players perform it. It is truly beautiful.

Anyway, to make a long story short, the plot is a bit lame, and the highschool setting too (as all highschool set movies are), but if you love music, and the composing aspect of it, and the possibilities that everyday sounds can offer to your ears and to your imagination, plus if you also love the Australian outback, this is a great movie. The actors are doing a good job too.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on June 22, 2011
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I loved this film. The music, the scenary, the filming was beautiful. It's a movie we enjoy watching over and over. Teens especially will relate but there is a message for everyone who has a family - which is all of us. Timothy Hutton is always worth the price of admission. Definately a winner!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By froggie234 on November 4, 2012
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This was an amazing movie, I love the music. Good story.

Picky people remarks:
Tommy goes out with a crazy group of young people and throws watermelons at garbage cans, cars, through windows, etc...
Tommy signs a sheet that says they did more community service time than they really did
NO bad words
When a strange man keeps staring at her, the girl says "I don't know what prostitute I remind you of, but just stop it!"- turns out she reminded the man of his daughter that he desperately wanted to see again.
That was literally ALL the slightly questionable material there was---------if you don't mind a couple kisses :)

Great movie, I absolutely loved it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bruce timmerman on July 30, 2014
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good movie and well worth the time to watch it.
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Broken Hill is a nice little music based plot driven film. Don't worry it's not a musical. The movie probably suffers from greater exposure by it being poorly marketed to the public as a sort of romance film. It's more of a lusting after the hot popular foreign student by a socially uncool sheep farm hand high school boy, and doing stupid things to impress her such as breaking the law. Where Kat, the object of Tommy's desire uses his infatuation for her to take her for a drive, so her male friends can jump in the tray of his ute and throw watermelons through house and car windows, and perform other mindless vandalism as she eggs him on to keep driving through Broken Hill's streets. They are of course caught and it's not really explained well at all why the actual throwers aren't sentenced, other than she tells the court he was the ringleader, and made her do it. But only Tommy and Kat are sentenced, and since they were blaming each other in court the judge demands they serve their community sentence together. Tommy sees this as a chance to impress a Sydney music university scout if he can relaunch a prison music program (sort of like a Glee club but with music instead of singing). I didn't really buy that Kat would be made to go to a male prison, especially since she doesn't want to go as you would think any woman wouldn't, especially an attractive one, but that's the premise of the film. Can this high school kid convince prisoners to come back each day and bring others, then transform them into a performance worthy band?

Luke Arnold (best known for playing Michael Hutchence in the TV mini series Never Tear Us Apart) does a brilliant job in the lead role.
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