GenreAction, Adventure, Crime CinematographyErnie Clark CountryAustralia
Ken Hannam Release date28 March 1985 Based onnovel by Rolf Boldrewood WriterRolf Boldrewood (novel), Michael Jenkins (adaptation), Graeme Koetsveld, Tony Morphett DirectorsDonald Crombie, Ken Hannam CastSam Neill (Capt Starlight), Steven Vidler, Tom E Lewis, Ed Devereaux, Robert Grubb Similar moviesNed Kelly (2003)
TaglineAt last a movie as big as the legend
Movie trailer robbery under arms 1985
Robbery Under Arms is a 1985 Australian action adventure film starring Sam Neill as bushranger Captain Starlight. Joined by bush larrikin, Ben Marston (Ed Devereaux), and Ben’s two adventure-hungry sons (Steven Vidler and Christopher Cummins), Starlight leads his gang of wild colonial boys in search of riches, romance – and other men’s cattle.
There were two versions shot simultaneously - a feature film and a TV mini series.
Robbery under arms
Sam Neill as Captain Starlight
Steven Vidler as Dick Marston
Christopher Cummins as Jim Marston
Liz Newman as Gracey
Jane Menelaus as Aileen
Andy Anderson as George
Deborah Coulls as Kate
Susie Lindeman as Jeannie
Elaine Cusick as Mum
Ed Devereaux as Ben
Tommy Lewis as Warrigal
Robert Grubb as Sir Frederick Morringer
David Bradshaw as Goring
John Dick as Trooper Fall
Michael Duffield as Mr. Falkland
Keith Smith as Trooper Spring
Jock Blair first had the idea to remake the story in 1981 when he was working at the South Australian Film Corporation. It was originally envisioned that it would be a mini series but it was budgeted at a million dollars an hour which was felt to be too expensive. So it was decided to make a film as well at the same time, based on separate scripts.
There were two writers and two directors. Writing the script took two years.
The film was shot partly on location in the Flinders Rangers and at the SAFC studios in Adelaide. The two directors collaborated well together, and Ken Hannam was relieved to work with the SAFC again after the difficulties on Sunday Too Far Away.
Production took 20 weeks.
Robbery Under Arms grossed $226,648 at the box office in Australia.