A Town Like Alice (1981)

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Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy... See full summary »

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Cast

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Helen Morse ...
 Jean Paget (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Joe Harman (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Noel Strachan (3 episodes, 1981)
Dorothy Alison ...
 Mrs. Frith (3 episodes, 1981)
Yuki Shimoda ...
 Sergeant Mifune (3 episodes, 1981)
Anna Volska ...
 Sally Wilson-Hayes (3 episodes, 1981)
Donald MacDonald ...
 Derek Wilson-Hayes (3 episodes, 1981)
Jennifer West ...
 Mrs. Horsefall (3 episodes, 1981)
Pat Evison ...
 Mrs. Collard (3 episodes, 1981)
Mandy Boocock ...
 Marlene Collard (3 episodes, 1981)
Rebecca Marshall ...
 Rita Collard (3 episodes, 1981)
Debbie Baile ...
 Audrey Forbes (3 episodes, 1981)
Cecily Polson ...
 Eileen Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Melissa Crawford ...
 Robyn Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
John Allen ...
 Bill Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Sean Hinton ...
 Freddie Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Lucy Bell ...
 Jane Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Crispian Ashby ...
 Jonnie Horsefall (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Donald Paget (3 episodes, 1981)
Patrick Dickson ...
 Tommy Smythe (3 episodes, 1981)
Kenneth Brown ...
 Ben Leggatt (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Captain Sugamo (3 episodes, 1981)
Hatsuo Uda ...
 Captain Koniata (3 episodes, 1981)
Lim Beng Choon ...
 Major Nemu (3 episodes, 1981)
Akio Fukuwa ...
 Japanese Lieutenant (3 episodes, 1981)
Zain Ariff ...
 Mat Amin (3 episodes, 1981)
Zainal Aziz ...
 Suleiman (3 episodes, 1981)
Antony Croser ...
 James McFadden (3 episodes, 1981)
John Lee ...
 Lester 'Les' Robinson (3 episodes, 1981)
Joan Lord ...
 Miss Carter (3 episodes, 1981)
Peter Collingwood ...
 Dr. Kennedy (3 episodes, 1981)
Maggie Dence ...
 Mrs. O'Connor (3 episodes, 1981)
Lorna Lesley ...
 Rose Sawyer (3 episodes, 1981)
Maurie Fields ...
 Al Burns (3 episodes, 1981)
Arkie Whiteley ...
 Annie (3 episodes, 1981)
Tim McKenzie ...
 Pete Fletcher (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Tim Whelan (3 episodes, 1981)
Lois Ramsey ...
 Mrs. Driver (3 episodes, 1981)
Isabel Kirk ...
 Mrs. Duveen (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Bourneville (3 episodes, 1981)
Syd Heylen ...
 Art Foster (3 episodes, 1981)
Peter Kowitz ...
 TAA Pilot (3 episodes, 1981)
Ross Thompson ...
 Beetchcraft Pilot (3 episodes, 1981)
Robert Noble ...
 Dragon Pilot (3 episodes, 1981)
Ed Turley ...
 Police Sergeant (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Flying Doctor (3 episodes, 1981)
Derek Wyness ...
 Don Curtis (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Palmolive (3 episodes, 1981)
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Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy jungles of Malaya to the dusty and desolate outback of Australia Based on Nevil Shute' international bestselling novel A TOWN LIKE ALICE follows the lives of Jean Paget and Joe Harman. Meeting in Malaya--sh an attractive young English captive and he a cheerful Australian POW tortured for a simple act of kindness. Separated first by their captors then by the distance of passing years, the two are finally reunited in the rugged outback of Australia-to face a challenge every bit as demanding as their wartime trials. Written by Walter Coffey <wcoffey@hooked.net>

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4 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Der lange Weg nach Alice Springs  »

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The "Alice" of the mini-series' title A Town Like Alice (1981) refers to the town of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. See more »

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Although set in 1948, Jean Paget boards a Routemaster London bus. Routemasters weren't introduced until the mid-1950s. See more »

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fundamentally accurate version of great book
16 February 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Beautifully filmed, it tells the story of the book in wonderful detail. Conveys the courage of the heroine against horrible conditions in Malaya and her commitment to the virtue of productivity in turning a decrepit Outback village into a thriving "town like Alice (Springs)". No environmentalist her, she's definitely pro-development. The only downside, rather minor, is the injection of a gratuitous (and out-of-character) conflict between the two leads. Also captures the spirit of the Outback and inspires one to visit it (as it inspired me to visit Alice Springs and a Queensland cattle station).


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