Here's a curious matter of guns in a movie that left me wondering why the makers of the movie would deviate from the author's account. The movie and book in question are both entitled Tracks and deal with the adventure of Robyn Davidson, an Australian woman who at the age of 25 led a team of three camels (and a calf) about two thirds of the way across Australia through some of the wildest, most desolate country on earth. She was sponsored by National Geographic and intermittently rendezvoused with a photographer from that publication. This took place in 1977.
In the book, she mentions having bought a Savage Model 24 over/under combination gun in .222 Remington/20 gauge, and she used it to get game, mostly rabbits, to feed her and her dog and to kill a couple of wild camel bulls that were threatening her safety at that of her team. In the course of her journey, she enlists the help of a venerable aboriginal tribal elder to guide her through an area filled with aboriginal sacred sites lest she inadvertently profane them by trespassing. In the course of their trek, he admires her gun and asks if he could have one like that. She arranges with the photographer to get such a gun for him, and they present it to him at the end of their journey of about 200 miles together.
In the movie, her gun becomes a high powered bolt action rifle of some sort (maybe a sporterized 1903 Springfield, I thought) that is forced upon her by a mentor figure even though she is reluctant to accept it. This would have been more useful for killing wild bull camels but of no use for bagging rabbits for the pot. At the end of her journey with Mr. Eddie, the tribal elder, the latter is presented, not with a nice new Savage Model 24, but with a crapped-out, sidehammer, damascus barreled side-by-side shotgun (with all the finish worn off), with which he appears to be delighted. Frankly, I found this sort of patronizing and at least borderline racist by making the simple-mind "darky" satisfied with an old piece of junk...instead of the practical modern gun he wanted and did receive in reality.
Curiously, at the end of the movie, as the credits are being run, there are photos from her actual journey, one of which clearly shows Ms. Davidson and Mr. Eddie with a Savage Model 24. I can't think of any good dramatic reason for the different guns in the movie. Any ideas?