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Robbery Under Arms (1985 film)

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Producer  Mace Neufeld
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Adventure, Crime
Cinematography  Ernie Clark
Country  Australia
Robbery Under Arms (1985 film) movie poster
Director  Donald Crombie Ken Hannam
Release date  28 March 1985
Based on  novel by Rolf Boldrewood
Writer  Rolf Boldrewood (novel), Michael Jenkins (adaptation), Graeme Koetsveld, Tony Morphett
Directors  Donald Crombie, Ken Hannam
Cast  Sam Neill (Capt Starlight), Steven Vidler, Tom E Lewis, Ed Devereaux, Robert Grubb
Similar movies  Ned Kelly (2003)
Tagline  At last a movie as big as the legend

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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.


Robbery Under Arms (1985 film) ROBBERY UNDER ARMS 1985 Sam Neill RARE One sheet Movie poster

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
  • Production

    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.

    Box office

    Robbery Under Arms grossed $226,648 at the box office in Australia.


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